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Melanie

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Indianapolis, In | Member Since 2012

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  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (969)
    Story
    (980)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "A New Addiction"
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    Would you listen to Fury of Fire again? Why?

    Yes and I have. I have never really been intertested in dragon stories but this book has really captured my interest. I can't wait until I read the other books in the series. Strong lead male characters and a good story line.


    What does Benjamin L. Darcie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm enjoying listening to Benjamin reading of the book. He add alot of emtional to all the characters. This is my first time listening to him and I will continue to seek book read by him. Plus his voice is delicious.


    Any additional comments?

    Coreene has done an excellent job of introducing a series with just the right amout of mystery to keep you reading, humor to keep it entertaining and romance to keep you longing for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carter Reed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tijan
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. She had two choices: Call the cops and be killed by his family's mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her: Carter Reed. He's a weapon

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I totally love this!"
    "HE SAID "I WOULD DECLARE WAR FOR YOU""
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    Carter Reed told Emma that he would declare war for her, how do you resist a man like that. I know I couldn’t. I absolutely adored this book. I’m not usually the romance thriller type of reader but I’m so glad that I decided to step out of my genre and give this book a try. Emma makes a quick decision in the blink of an eye to save her roommate that was being raped by her boyfriend, kill him. Afterwards, there is only one person she knows who can now protect her and her roommate for the mob that will shortly come looking for her and his name is Carter Reed. Carter Reed has earned a reputation as the cold killer and it is truly well earned. He is lethal and ruthless. He will kill to keep safe the things he values and loves and Carter Reed has loved Emma her entire life.

    I was captivated by this book from the first sentence. Seriously, after Emma kills the boyfriend I was literally glued to this audio. Carter is cold, ruthless and vicious but with Emma everything is different. Emma sees a side of him that no one has ever witnessed before and Emma realizes that he is both the cold killer and her passionate lover. Emma is strong and loyal. It is some moments in the book that Emma makes stupid decisions and you have to think, what in the hell are you thinking. But for the most part, it’s an unbelievable ride. SO GOOD.

    Is this book worth a credit, umm you better believe it. Buy this book, sit back and enjoy a fun, sexy, unbelievable ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth - nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate - beautiful, fragile...human.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What an awesome shifter book!"
    "BEGINNGING TO A GREAT PNR SERIES"
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    I’m all about a hot PNR book. I have read and listened to a lot of them. So for me to say this book rocked my PNR world is an understatement. I have never read anything by Aline Hunter before but I will be sure to keep her on my authors to watch out for list. Omega Mine delivers a new twist on an old theme. Usually the Omega is the weakling of the pack, but is this book Diskant Black, also known as Omega, is the most powerful shifter in the city. Not just wolf shifter either, Diskant can shift into any and all shifter races plus he wears leather and rides a bike, YUMMM. Ave Brisbane, known by Diskant as Pinky, is a human but there is nothing ordinary about her. She is a telepathic and just so happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Diskant meets Pinky and instantly the sexual attraction is scorching. Diskant will have to break down Pinky’s defense if he wants to claim his mate and maybe growl a couple of times too. This book contains a decent amount of action with religious fanatics trying to rid the world of anyone different than them, fallen vampires causes trouble and barely controlled shifters. Oh yeah, let’s throw some magic users into the mix to round everything off. The smex scenes are rocking hot, steamy and OMG downright scorching. WHEW!!!!

    Should you purchase this book, yes please. It’s will captivate your interest from chapter one and never let you go. Half way through the book, I was already downloading the second book, Enemy Mine.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Grabbed by Vicious

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lolita Lopez
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (84)

    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"
    "I'M LONGING TO BE GRABBED"
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    Now that I have read Grabbed by Vicious, I wish I could change my review for Saved by Venom because I absolutely loved both books. Vicious is a scrumptious Sky Warrior General that is participating in the grabbed to “grab” a mate. He thinks he knows exactly the type of female he would prefer to be his mate until he spots Hallie studying the map of the area with deep intensity. Vicious thought Hallie would be an easy grab because of her smaller statue but the little sprite gave him a run for his money. Hallie desperately tired to out run the sky warrior and make it to the safe zone. With the area in her sites, she knew she was going to make it. Until she felt big, rough, hands wrapped around and grab her. Now she is the mate of a terrifying sky warrior and wonders if all the rumors she had about them were true. But slowly Hallie understand that the rumors are not only false, but the pleasure Vicious excites within her sets her body ablaze.

    Vicious is a jaw dropping, drool worthy alpha male. He commands any room he enters but is speechless when he is alone with Hallie. Their moments alone are full of passion, romance and unbridled smex. MMMM! Hallie allows him to command her actions in public but in the bedroom, she is the one that brings Vicious to his knees. This book has everything that is needed for a great romance. Some action, CHECK. Hot alpha male, CHECK. Strong-willed heroine, CHECK. Hot steamy romance scenes, CHECK and CHECK.

    My opinion, purchase the book. It’s definitely worth the credit. I’m off to read Caught by Menace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cole's Redemption: Alpha Pack, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (162)

    Once, they were Navy SEALS. Now they are the Alpha Pack: A top-secret team of wolf shifters with Psy powers who take on the darkest dangers on Earth. But sometimes the greatest danger lies within their own hearts.… Healer and black wolf shifter Zander Cole has survived horrors that would have broken a weaker man. But when a battle leaves him deaf and his powers dimmed, Zan is devastated. Believing himself to be a burden to his team, he sees only one option: Leave the Pack forever.

    BluBumblB says: "Alpha Pack Is Back!"
    "OHH TO BE PART OF THE ALPHA PACK!!"
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    OMG, I loved this book. Let me just start by saying I literally cried the entire last two chapters. I’m not talking one or two tears, I mean nose running, puffy cheeks, red eyes crying. That is what makes me really love a book, when I become so emotional about the characters that I feel as if I’m a part of the story. Ok let me start from the beginning. Zander Cole is a wolf shifter that is part of a top secrect military organization known as the Alpha Pack. He is also a healer. During one of their battles, Zan lost most of his hearing and can no longer heal his teammates without causing significant damage to himself. That doesn’t stop him for doing it anyway because that is who the man is. Selene Westfall is a born wolf shifter and Alpha Packs commander’s daughter. But father and daughter have serious issues. Actually Selene blames her dad for her mother’s death and feels as if he needs to die because of it. Because of a bite in the heat of battle, Zander and Selene are now mates. Two broken souls, force to deal with their issues and make something work that neither expected.

    Did I mention that I love this book already? Zander is a tough, caring, passionate male. He offers just the right amount of dominance without being overbearing. Selene is a sassy, tough, alpha female that is damage on the inside and just wants to be her daddy’s babygirl again. But first you have to get pass the mean as nail exterior. I felt as if the characters had to work for their relationship in this book. At the beginning neither wanted the other one, but they continued to work at their relationship and support each other. Their relationship was sweet and bitter, beautiful and gut wrenching at times and I enjoyed every freaking minute of it. Of course, the smex scenes were outstanding. Let’s just say, glass doors are fantastic.

    So the big questions, to buy or not to buy? DEFINITELY BUY!! CLICK ON THE BUY BUTTON AND USE YOUR CREDITS!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Wolf, Her Protector

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 45 mins)
    • By Elixa Everett
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Adrianna has always felt at one with nature. From the time she was a child she's been drawn to the majestic pack of wolves that have laid claim on the land around her modest house. On her 19th birthday, she meets a dark and mysterious man, who goes by the name of Ian Boyce that she finds eerily familiar to her, but she can't figure out why. And for the first time in her life she feels a desire so deep and feral that she's powerless to fight it.

    Melanie says: "Well deserved mate"
    "Well deserved mate"
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    Where does Her Wolf, Her Protector rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audible was short and sweet. Most short stories I read rush through and forget to add the actually story. Not with this book, it offered a nice story in the amount of time it was given.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It's a really short listen, so yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted a book I could listen to while I was waiting and this book delivered. It offered a decent story, background and characters all under two hours. If this book was develop into a full novel, it would be outstanding. But is just as good as a short read. Enjoy

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jason & Cadence: The Wolf's Mate, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By R.E. Butler
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    For 14 years, alpha wolf Jason has watched his partially marked mate Cadence live her life without him. Circumstances force his hand and he must find a way to get her to uncover her buried memories of their past before someone else steps up to take her from him. For as long as she can remember, hybrid wolf Cadence has loved Jason with every fiber of her being, but he's consistently shoved her away until the love that's there is bound tightly in anger and shame.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Good but an eye roller!"
    "Could have been great, only ended with so-so"
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    I’m all about a wolf shifter romance book that includes a hot alpha male and a sassy alpha female. Only this book lacked the alpha male part. The story is about Jason and Cadence. Jason had claimed Cadence when she was just nine and he was fourteen. Due to the fact that Cadence father was human and didn’t particular like wolves, Jason’s father had to make an alpha creed (order) that Cadence forget about the claiming, in order to save his son from having charges filed against him. So Cadence forgot about the claiming and Jason wasn’t allowed to remind her because of another alpha creed his father had given. So 14 years go by and Jason hasn’t in all that time tried to claim her or show her how much he has cared about her even after his father stepped down and Jason become alpha of the pack. Cadence has never stopped loving him but shows it by being mean to him and flirting with his rival in another pack. It isn’t until Cadence has graduated from college that Jason decides now is the time to claim her, only because the other pack of the town gave him an ultimatum, claim her or step aside.

    I don’t know whether it is the writing or the reader but this story was more suited for a high school romance than an adult romance, minus the smex scenes and their rather tame. I agree with one review, several times while listening to this book, I caught myself rolling my eyes and wondering if I was reading a YA book instead. Yes Cadence is sassy and feisty (which I like in a heroine) but she acts as if she is still a senior in high school, with a crush on the quarterback of the football team. Jason is too passive. He doesn’t act like an alpha wolf. If he wanted to claim Cadence so badly and had been in love with her for that long, do something about it. Don’t send your younger brother as your errand boy, UGH! I have never listened to Dara and probably won’t if it’s an adult romance. She is suited best for YA in my opinion. Her voice has a more young adult tone to it.

    So the big question is: is this book worth a credit, not in my opinion. If you can catch it on sale, maybe (and that’s a low maybe).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerously Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By A. M. Griffin
    • Narrated By Simone Lewis
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    After aliens invade and conquer Earth, Eva is transported to a distant slave-trading planet. Freedom and escape are her only priorities, but none of her martial arts training could have prepared her for enslavement to the warrior King Taio. Eva finds herself drawn to this sexy alien male who ignites her heart and body. Taio is disgusted with the idea of owning a slave - until now. From the moment he sees her, he knows Eva is his for the taking. Torn between lust and duty, Taio discovers nothing will stop him from protecting his little warrior.

    karen says: "Dangerously Impressed !!"
    "Starting strong, ending as a pushover"
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    Pushover is the only word that comes to mind when thinking about this story. When I started reading this book I was excited about the heroine. She displayed a good mix of bravery, strength and femininity without being to overbearing or whiny. She was strong when the situation warranted such actions but still remain feminine and likeable. That is until the middle of the story. I’m not going to reveal the story but I am going to say she took a huge turn for the worse. She went from being a brave female facing a unknown world and future to a pathetic pushover that was easily conquered with sex. She allowed him to manipulate her, very easily I might add, into doing everything he wanted from her. Although he never truly called her his sex slave, he treated her as such and she allowed it. Taio is unbelievable and not in the OMG, he is a sex god meaning. He wants his cake and eat it too. He wants Eva for himself but refuses to even consider her as his possibly future mate. I just don’t believe his transformation in the end.

    Warning, this book contains some f/f scenes that are extremely detailed. If that is something that you don’t like then don’t listen to this book. The actually scenes didn’t bother me; it’s the manner in which they were written that were annoying to me. Would I recommend this book, I’m on the fence about it. Like I said, the story starts off great; it’s about mid way through that I wanted to stop listening, groan and wondering about the sanity of the heroine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tempting Rever: Zorn Warriors, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Simone Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    Brenda spent four years trapped in an unhappy marriage. She’s so desperate to start a new life somewhere safe that she’s agreed to go to another planet with a handsome alien stranger. When he’s killed, she finds herself in the home of a Zorn warrior willing to protect her until the fallen warrior’s brother arrives to claim her. Brenda never believed in love at first sight until she gazed into the gorgeous blue eyes of Argis Rever. He’s tall, dark, sexy... the kind of guy she’s always dreamed of finding - and already bound to another human woman.

    Melanie says: "To Find a Zorn Warrior"
    "To Find a Zorn Warrior"
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    I don’t know how you could not love this book.

    Brenda escapes Earth because she is in a love less marriage. The original Zorn warrior she was to be bound to dies before they can reach Zorn. According to Zorn law, Brenda is given to his brother to be bound. But he is off world at the moment. Rever decides to offer Brenda his protection until her intended bound can come to collect her. This isn’t an issue because Rever is already bound. But the human Rever is bound to is an annoying, rude woman. Rever is soon regretting because upon meeting Brenda he is instantly wishing he was bound to her instead of the woman he has now.

    The attraction between Rever and Brenda is erotic and romantic. The sex scenes are HOT HOT HOT!!!! I think I have enjoyed this book the best so far. I guess because the romance was sweet. It was like a forbidden fruit both wanted to enjoy but knew it was impossible to own. The sex scenes weren’t just thrown into the book but were placed within the story and help to enhance the story. So good.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Saved by Venom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lolita Lopez
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    To escape her father's debt to a loan shark, Dizzy seeks refuge in the upcoming Grab. She'd rather belong to one of those terrifying sky warriors from the battleship Valiant than to the sleazy criminal who wants her as his plaything. The years of constant war haven't been kind to highly decorated sniper Venom. Only the promise of earning a wife kept him going through deadly battles. Catching and collaring Dizzy fills him with incredible hope. Finally he has a woman of his own, a mate to love - and bind and adorn with his ropes.

    CAROLYN says: "THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER"
    "This is book three not book one in the series"
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    First I was confused when I started listening to this book because I felt I started in the middle of a series instead of the beginning and I was right. The first book of this series is Grabbed by Vicious. Audible has this book but it was released after Saved by Venom, hence the confusion. But about the book, it was a decent book. It’s a sci-fi/romance book. Some of the background information is fuzzy but again, I think it’s because I started reading the third book first instead of the first book. The sex scenes are hot, detailed and deal with a lot of bondage, so if that is turn off for you, don’t read this book. Venom is a sexy dominate alpha male solider, yum, who has dreamt of nothing else since leaving the academy then that chance to participate in the Grabbed and select his wife. Dizzy’s father sold her lottery number for the Grabbed to escape a debt he owed a loan shark. Dizzy thought she knew what to expect from the sky warrior after being grabbed but she wasn’t ready for the intense sexual chemistry that would also follow. Stella’s voice was ok. I wish it would have had more variety for the different characters. Sometimes it was hard to understand which character was speaking at that moment.

    My only suggestion would be to read Grabbed by Vicious first. I think it will help to understand the world in which the series takes place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carnal Secrets: The Phoenix Pack, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (558)

    Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

    Falon says: "It was more couples therapy then action..."
    "That's the point, I just liked it"
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    I was hoping for another home run with this book as with the previous two in this series, but sadly no. Don’t misunderstand me, this book is quite enjoyable but in comparison to the books before it, it falls short of the mark. I enjoyed the gradually building of the relationship between Nick and Shaya. Both of them learning to deal with their respective issues and allowing the other to slower get close enough to tear down defenses and walls that have been built up for years. The book has its moments when it was funny but not laugh out loud; I can’t stop crying as in the previous two books. I probably shouldn’t judge this book using the other books as a reference because this book is different but I can’t help but to make comparison. But I do like Nick. Dominating, alpha male, ohh so sexy Nick. Jill does an excellent job narrating. As I have said before she is captivating, intriguing and delivers that line precisely as you they should be delivered.

    Bottom line, read the book. It’s worth a read. Just don’t expect the same experience as with the previous two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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