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I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

Sutton, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • Silent Partner: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sharon Ransom is the most beautiful woman in the room; she’s also the most troubled. So when former lover psychologist Alex Delaware bumps into her at a lavish LA cocktail party, though still attracted to her, fear of reviving unhappy memories prevents him from offering the help she seems so desperate for. Hours later, Sharon’s body is discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tortured by guilt, Alex wants answers.

    Lia says: "Too much detail"
    "Too much detail"
    Overall

    I usually love a book that is detailed but this one missed the mark by going into details that were not relevant to the story. The book was a physo analysis overload for me. I did not even finish the last hour because it drove me mad.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Red Phoenix
    • Narrated By Pippa Jayne
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    The intimate encounters Brie enjoys with her new Master are hot and deliciously challenging. On the flipside, despite her newly acquired skills, she discovers that being a sub also requires maturity, intelligence, and willing sacrifice. Her Master has a tragic past that he has kept hidden. She is unaware that someone is waiting in the wings, plotting to return and rip his world apart.

    Lia says: "This Fantastic Series Continues"
    "This Fantastic Series Continues"
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    After Graduation starts where Submissive Training Center left us. We get to see how Sir and Brie are learning about each other in every day life. They learn their limits and boundaries as a D/s couple. They have to deal with the obstacles that every day throws at them.
    There are the important lessons to learn, the sensual scenes and the necessary punishments. Both grow in the process and also deal with their pasts.

    And then there is this one intense scene...intense in so many ways that I think it's the moment they both realise how deep their connection is and that there is no doubt this will last forever. I don't wanna spoil it, so just a quote from it.

    "Sir smiled down at Brie. "Why are you surprised? I would never ask you to do something that I was unwilling to do myself."

    It's so wonderfully written that you have the feeling to be so close to them, that you feel what they feel. And once again, all aspects of the BDSM lifestyle are represented with respect and honesty. It's hard work and desires a lot of communication and trust.

    I'm so glad that this series will continue, because I already miss Sir and Brie.

    Pipa Jane was again outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fortune Cookie

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (226)

    It's the 1960s and the world of advertising is coming alive - and it's an exciting world to be part of. Simon Wong, a Chinese-Australian and promising young advertising executive, is sent to Singapore to establish an office. He finds himself thrust into an environment that is at once strangely familiar and profoundly different; one where the rules that govern behaviour - both in business and in personal life - differ wildly from what he is used to. And where all is not what it appears to be.

    Lia says: "Enjoyable easy listen"
    "Enjoyable easy listen"
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    Courtenay enjoys immense popularity in Australia, strangely according to wikipedia only "The Power of One" has been published in America which was also made into a major motion picture. The only Courtenay book that I have read is the tragic & true "April Fools Day" which was OK but needed editing as the second half dragged.
    Fortune Cookie is Courtenay's latest book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Courtenay does get a little too caught up in the concept of "face" but I couldn't stop reading.
    The main character is Simon Khoo who is Australian born & bred with chinese heritage & chinese looks who despite having a filthy rich family takes a job in Singapore to make it on it's own. He's a very likeable main character and he falls in love with Mercy B Lord a lady he meets upon arrival in Singapore. Mercy B Lord is a very mysterious lady which ultimately makes the book interesting and makes you want to keep reading to see how the events transpire.
    Humphrey Bower was outstanding as the narrator

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington, Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    In a cavern called The House of Thunder, Susan Thornton watched in terror as her lover died a brutal death in a college hazing. And in the following four years, the four young men who participated in that grim fraternity rite likewise died violently. Or did they?

    Cynthia says: "House of Thunder/Other New Dean Koontz Novels"
    "Chiller to Thriller"
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    Susan Thornton is the main character in this book. After a car crash she wakes up in a hospital and can't remember various parts of her life. What she does remember is a murder she witnessed when she was younger. Then anytime someone mentions her employer, who she can't remember panic sets in.
    This was a great fast paced book. I read it in one day. Like most of the books by Mr. Koontz, the characters are colorful and well written. At times this book is a little far fetched but that's fiction.
    If your looking for a book that is part medical thriller, espionage thriller, supernatural and just a lot of fun to read, then this is for you.
    I gave this book 4 stars and have recommended it to many of my friends.
    Pick it up and enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Red Phoenix
    • Narrated By Pippa Jayne
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (99)

    Brie's life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman's world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous 22 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "my favorite"
    "Holy Hotness don't miss this book"
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    Oh My Goodness! I’m still reeling from this series of stories. Red Phoenix brings us an ordinary girl in Brie, college graduate without any real prospects in her field. She’s curious and open minded despite her naiveté, and when she comes face to face with a Dom and his beautifully pulled together and sexy Submissive as they stop in to purchase cigarettes. I loved the fact that Brie was honest enough with herself to be both intrigued and a tiny bit jealous of the confidence and sexuality that oozed from the couple, and her curiosity leading her into a world that she didn’t know anything about is one that will open many eyes.

    The Submissive Training Center runs a 6 week course that will give the successful participants all the tools that they need to become a ‘good submissive’, and enable them the ability to choose a Dominant if they so choose at the end of the course. Unlike most of the BDSM stories that I have read, Phoenix doesn’t shy away from the explanations and descriptions of expectations, and the clear delineation of the trust and respect that is required. And, for the uninitiated, Brie’s attitude and openness to the various steps and scenes encountered can open whole new lines of fantasy or exploration, or even help to provide a small level of understanding about the draw of this lifestyle.

    Brie makes two new friends in the course: Lea and Mary, and as the three proceed through the course, there is plenty of interaction, laugh out loud conversations and even some personal histories that help inform their characters, and show them all in a light that is far different from the simple submissive label. And Phoenix doesn’t stop with the girls: she introduces us to real people that could be anyone you meet: young, old, angry, mean, sweet, timid, attractive and not so – their one constant and connection is the lifestyle.

    Narration is provided by Pippa Jayne was fantastic, she manages to use her voice and skill to great effect, adopting a certain tone and approach for Brie and a slightly different tone for the other characters. A small sibilance in her enunciation of the letter S is particularly emphasized with most of Brie’s voice which starts to dissipate over the length of these 9 stories, much as Brie’s confidence and growth increases with each book and experience. Whether planned or purely an unconscious approach to the character, it was a lovely touch that gave a vocal sense of growth, enhanced by the delivery of word and description as written.

    This is, above all, a story about BDSM and in particular the growth and power that a good submissive can and does wield within the relationship. The scenes are set as both highly sexually charged and instructional moments – not only for Brie, but for the reader. And they are hot Hot HOT.
    I have only one complaint which is, none of the Doms used a condom during any sexual encounters. I know this book is fiction but I think using a condom when have sexual encounters with numerous partners is important.
    Perhaps even more steam inducing because we are following Brie’s growth and learning curve in a way that is almost like being there. Curious about the lifestyle, or just wanting a read that will make you think and act – this is the title for you.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Coal: Cyborg Seduction Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (193)

    In the lawlessness of space, women are a sexual commodity - to be used and abused. Jill discovers a massive, handsome cyborg chained to a freight table. The abusive crew plans to sell him to fight in gruesome death matches. It’s stupid, it’s insane, but Jill can’t leave him to such a horrible fate. Coal has survived being a captive breeding slave and irreversible damage to his cyborg implants, but his honor is still intact. He’s grateful Jill saved him and he’ll repay her the only way he can.

    Lia says: "Good Series But!!!"
    "Good Series But!!!"
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    I think the stories are all pretty decent in this series but it doesn't really feel like a series. You can really read any of these as stand alone books. The received 4 stars rather than 5 Because:

    1) there is very little follow up on previous characters when reading the whole series. That is one of the reason I love series is so I can check in with characters I already know and see how the relationships etc are progressing. There is mention of previous names but no real follow up on couples.

    2) This series has a main point of breeding but none of the (female) characters ever get pregnant. I personally enjoy adding a family dynamic in romances that are specifically breeding oriented - even if just to say that the female is pregnant and not much else.
    I have one more book (Redeeming Zorus) to go but am not holding out any hope for those things I feel are missing.

    3) Again as in all the books in the series the sex scenes are OK but repetitive and very vanilla. Breasts get talked about but hardly ever touched. All the men are huge you know where and the women are so tight which that gets mentioned over and over.

    I think the concept is great but the books could have been developed a bit more. It seems the author almost gets there but not quite, just a bit lacking. I really don't think it would take much to pull it all together and making the series great.

    Mindy Kennedy makes the book come to life with her outstanding narration

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Touching Ice: Cyborg Seduction, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    What can go wrong overseeing a bunch of android sex bots on an automated whorehouse in deep space? Great job, if Megan doesn’t die of boredom. Then she catches sight of the sexiest male she’s ever seen. On her grainy security monitor, she watches all his sexual exploits with the bots, and fantasizes. But that’s all she can do because he's a cyborg. Then fate steps in. There’s a crash and Megan must escape or die. The cyborgs are rescuing the sex bots - taking them onboard their ship. She knows cyborgs hate humans. They’ll kill her if she asks for help so she devises an insane plan - pretend to be the most realistic sex bot ever made.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Ok.. WOW! ICE!!!"
    "Touching Ice is a great listen"
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    Every girl should have a cyborg boyfriend like Ice, hot and sexy and willing to die in battle for you. Ice is part of a cyborg group of warriors roaming the universe. When they find a distressed ship that is carrying sex robots that need saving, for him, this is a two for the price of one good deal. Megan has watched Ice every time he came to the station to make use of the robots, fantasizing about him. When she is rescued along sex robots, she's not passing up a golden opportunity to have the cyborg she's always dreamed of.

    Touching Ice is a great listen with explosions and action, and hot passion with a cyborg that gives Megan everything she's ever dreamed about while watching him. When the incident melts down into an intergalactic incident, Ice is willing to do anything to keep her.

    This book is 4 not 5 stars because the sex scences are repetative and the same in each book. The sex is all very vanilla and for a futuristic novel I thought there should be more veriaty. Also you do not get to hear much about the charaters in the previous books. Some people would like this because it makes the books stand alone but, I would love an update on the charaters in previous books.

    Ms. Dohner has created a world with the Cyborg Seduction that isn't always sunshine but dreams of having that one guy can be fulfilled in way beyond your wildest imaginings. I highly recommend picking up this book.

    Mindy Kennedy again was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Melting Iron: Cyborg Seduction, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (220)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    Being a female mechanic on a space station for eight years has taught Dawn a lot of tough life lessons that have hardened her heart. She’s got a temper and a mouth to match her red hair and has never backed away from a challenge. Then she’s kidnapped and blackmailed into agreeing to be a cyborg’s personal sex slave. Iron is one big bastard with long, fiery red hair, intense, dark blue eyes and a stubborn streak as thick as his dense muscles.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sexy!"
    "I think I'm done reading this series"
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    I am going against what most people think as the series has great reviews. I really enjoyed book 1 and book 2 was good but, the familar pattern started to appear. They are all from the same plot, but with each subsequent story the resolution becomes even more contrived. Its always the same thing. Hero gets saddled with heroine who doesn't want him either. Then the hero spends pretty much the entire book trying to win her over. When he does, they are hit with "his duty" to his people, she's upset, then some corney reason is put in place saving them from his fate. All of them follow the same storyline just change the names. The sex scences are very repetative and the same in very book.
    I may give the series another try if, the books come on sale. But to me the rest of the books in the series would not be worth a credit.
    I gave the book 3 stars rather than 2 because Mindy Kennedy is such a fantastic narrator and she made the book entertaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Game: An Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Eve Duncan returns in a thriller that pits her against the most evil mind she has ever encountered: a ruthless killer who taunts her with his every move...and who has a special affinity for blood. When a Georgia senator's daughter is found murdered, and her body drained of blood, Eve Duncan is drawn into the web of Kevin Jelak - a serial murderer who is on Eve's short list of killers who might know something about her missing daughter Bonnie.

    Gail says: "Dissappointing & Annoying"
    "Vampires Anyone!!"
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    This time Eve Duncan is pitted against the most evil mind she has met up with. Kevin Jelak is the second on a list of three suspects who might know something about her missing daughter, Bonnie. Jelak is a vampire wannabe. His plan is to kill and feed on the blood of a dozen people and so he can become a resurrected god-man. Eve is number 12 on his list. I've enjoyed all of Iris Johansen's Eve Duncan novels but this one is chocked full of the paranormal. I'll continue to be a fan of the Eve Duncan series but I hope the next one has a bit more realism. Blood Game shows us ample blood, but more attention to Jelak than to Eve and her human relationships. As always, the book has much suspense and great characterisation. This is the novel for anyone who enjoys vampire thinking, blood and suspense.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Plaid: Highland Bound, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson, Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Emma Gordon escapes from a troubling marriage in which she has completely lost sight of who she is. Desperate for independence, she leaves her husband while on a trip in the Scottish Highlands. The only thing is, she ends up hurled back in time to the sixteenth-century Castle Gealach. Laird Logan Grant is tormented by a dark past and harbors a secret that could tear his country apart. Unable to resist Emma's beauty and the calm that she invokes, Logan confesses he desires her.

    Lia says: "3.5 Bugger Another Trilogy"
    "3.5 Bugger Another Trilogy"
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    I happen to like this author and I have enjoyed other books that are part of her Stolen Bride series, but those books pretty much are stand alone and you can enjoy them without reading any others, but this one you cannot. I was intrigued by the time travel aspect of this story and was looking forward to a good read, but after about the first few chapters it became kind of boring. Most of the book was about sex, which is not all bad but I read Highlander romance books for the rich history, colorful descriptions of every day life, and the intense conflict that the warrior aspect brings to the story. I never got that breathless anticipation with this book and we are just left hanging at the end. You have no choice but to buy the next two books in order to know what happens to Emma and Logan. We are given a synopsis of each book at the end of this one and if had read those to start with I probably would have rethought my purchase of this book. It's not a bad story, but it's not her best.

    Antony Ferguson was fantasic and should have narrated the whole book. Arika Rapson sounded like my mother trying to sound sexy - creepy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing Steel: Cyborg Seduction, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (248)

    Steel is beyond irritated when he is maneuvered into ownership of a fragile human female. She’s not nearly big enough to handle his size or strength, yet she’s determined to get him into bed - into her. Steel realizes just what this little female is capable of when he awakens, chained to his bed, with her riding his very turned-on body. For a man who prides himself on his unyielding control, Steel soon finds Rena stripping him of it an inch at a time.

    Leesa says: "Getting better!!"
    "Excellent Continuation To The Series"
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    After devouring the first story in the Cyborg Seduction series, Burning Up Flint, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Kissing Steel. Laurann Dohner has created a vivid and vibrant world in which cyborgs pirate the skies and a majority of the humans responsible for their demise are not aware that they exist. It's an amazing concept, especially when you add some heat into the mix.

    In this installment we are introduced to a milder-mannered, yet uncompromising, Steel. He has no need for a woman and currently feels betrayed by the female cyborg he had a unit contract with who betrayed him for another. After his ship is attacked and they are forced to defend themselves, the crew inadvertently captures a female human. She's everything a cyborg female isn't -- small, fragile, delicate -- and unlike the other cyborgs in his accompaniment, Steel has no interest in taking her on as a slave or a bed partner. Unfortunately, his commanding officer Flint takes the issue out of his hands.

    Rena was sent to return a ship that was stolen. What she discovers is the ship is now operated by a crew of cyborgs -- beings she has been told were eradicated on earth. She is stunned to see them and is awed by their size, strength, and cunning. When they begin discussing who she will belong to, she is drawn to the large cyborg who mentions a lover's betrayal. She, too, was betrayed by her husband and yearns for something more. Although Steel denies her, she is determined to show the brawny male exactly what he's missing out on. The result is pages that sizzle and leave you wriggling in your seat. Steel might be stronger and faster, but Rena's sensuality cannot be denied.

    As with the previous story, the writing is excellent, the pace is fast, and the characters are fascinating. Although I'm not a fan of sci-fi in general, this is a series I fell in love with from the start. It's hot, it's sexy, and it's something original. In a world full of books using the same premises, you can't really ask for anything more. If you've not read this series, you really should. The only small complaint I have is that the sex scenes although hot they are very similar and I would love a bit more variety.

    As with Burning Up Flint Mindy Kennedy brought the story to life with her outstanding narration of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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