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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!

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  • Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (76)
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    (79)

    Ever wondered why theres no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly true to life.

    A User says: "Inspiring, thought provoking and very well crafted"
    "Interesting but Superficial"
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    As someone with limited knowledge about the author and her world, I found the book interesting but much too scattered and lacking in details. For instance, when she writes about the split in a socialist group she was active in, we get the following sentence: "We'd dodged gunfire and been put in handcuffs and stood up in court together ..." Well, those certainly sound like some interesting events, but that sentence is the only reference to them in the book.

    Only in the later chapters about the magazine On Our Backs, and to some extent the author's general words about parenting, did I get a sense that the book was more than a random first draft of whichever memories occurred to her. She acknowledges that she greatly compressed time in the book and that some characters are composites, and that she hopes others will write about the events. So this makes for a fast but far from authoritative read.

    Having lived in Duluth for quite a few years I did get a chuckle from a paragraph about Minnesota's Iron Range where her mother died and Bob Dylan grew up. She writes that if you think Dylan is an enigma, you just haven't met other Rangers--they're all like that.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hard as You Can: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (147)

    Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation.

    Lia says: "Suspenseful and Passionate"
    "Suspenseful and Passionate"
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    Laura Kaye never fails to deliver action and passion filled stories. I couldn't wait for the next installment after listening to Hard As It Gets. You think you won't have a new favorite couple and then she blows you away. Shane was the sweetest sexiest southern gentleman that I've had the pleasure of listening too. His protective nature and loyalty just warmed my heart. From the moment he literally crashes into "Crystal" his life was never going to be the same.

    Sara "Crystal" tried to fight off the attraction between this sexy soldier and herself but everywhere she looked this 6 plus foot "Pretty Boy" was always there. He made her feel safe in a world of pain and betrayal. He made her feel beautiful in a world of scars and ugliness. Shane took goodness and put it back in her life. He put the person she loved the most right in his protective circle and made Crystal feel safer than her and her sister have ever felt.

    The friendships between these ex-soldiers are something that kept me riveted. I saw so many facets of how loyalty truly is born and bred. So many characters that kept me wanting more and more of each man's story. Big Easy with is smoldering depth, Marz with is funny quirkyness. Jeremy with his sexy stand up brother to everybody nature. I could go on and on but the guys in this book are one of a kind and Laura knows how to not only write romance , she delivers relationships of all kinds and makes you feel like you really know these characters in the end.

    They were becoming a family born of choice rather than blood.

    The romance still built and built and sexual tension was evident from the beginning but more beautiful was watching this strong broken man fall for this girl who never thought she'd find happiness again.
    How Shane saw the real woman beneath the facade was beautiful and inspiring. He knew what to say and do to make her feel loved and cherished.

    But most of all he saw the fighter underneath the meekness.

    This was a suspenseful and passionate story and I was left wanting the next as soon as I finished. So much more will be in store for these amazing characters and I want to right in the front seat.
    Thank you Laura for such an amazing group of characters.

    Again IMHO Seraphine Valentine was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
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    Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much.

    L.W. says: "Good Story...."
    "Intence, Heartfelt, Action Packed And Sexy"
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    Becca Merritt has lost most of the people she loves. Her brother died far too young, and her father was killed during a Special Forces assignment in the Middle East. Now, her younger brother has gone missing, leaving behind nothing more than a cryptic clue, and Becca is determined to save him at all costs. Following up on Charlie's final message, she tracks down Nick Rixey, one of the men on her father's Special Forces team, now co-owner of a tattoo parlor with his brother. But rather than the helping hand she was expecting, Becca finds Nick buttoned up, tough as nails, and utterly unwilling to have anything to do with Becca or her family's issues.

    Nick has spent the months following his return from Afghanistan closing himself off from his remaining Team members and desperately trying to come to terms with the betrayal that ended his military career. When his commanding officer's daughter shows up in his tattoo parlor, looking as sweet and innocent as can be, his first instinct is to send her packing. But the more he thinks about Becca's brother—and Becca herself—the more he knows there is more going on than a simple missing persons case. Before either Nick or Becca realize it, they are in the middle of a war with an organized drug ring, and the only men that Nick will trust to aid them are the men of his team. The men he turned his back on so many months ago.

    One of the most pleasant surprises of this book was the depth and complexity of the two main characters. Nick may have all the traits of a dyed-in-the-wool alpha male, but he is also sweet, deeply emotional and able to admit when he is out of his depth. The events surrounding the attack on his team is still shrouded in mystery, but the scars he bears, both physical and mental, are clear, present and clearly painful. As the daughter of his commanding officer, Becca's presence, at first, is a threat to every wall Nick has thrown up and every defense he constructed to forget his past. But as they work together, she becomes the key to his salvation, and it's marvelous to watch how much they both make each other grow, develop and change.

    The supporting cast that Laura Kaye has crafted, from the rest of Nick's team to Becca's adopted puppy, from Nick's brother Jeremy to his older P.I. buddy, is three-dimensional, sympathetic and completely engaging characters. I can't wait to meet the rest of the team in more detail, thanks to the tantalizing introductions to their personal stories we received in this book. Even the villains of the piece have an interesting story to tell and will no doubt keep the suspense high for the rest of this series.

    Laura Kaye has created a steamy, surprising and totally engrossing romance, but she has also crafted an absorbing mystery, with plenty of suspense and intrigue. The two elements work extremely well together, without inhibiting the development of either. I cannot wait to watch the rest of this tough, sweet, tense and funny series unfold. If the debut is any indication, this is going to be a series to remember!

    Seraphine Valentine was outstanding with the delivery of the story. Some listeners did like her narration but I thought the reading was great.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (21)
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    (19)
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    Rebecca Williams is about to achieve her goal of graduating from a prestigious university and winning a coveted spot in her mentor's cutting-edge psychology practice. She just needs one more qualification: sexual experience. She never dreamed it would come at the hands of the man she's admired and wanted for six years.

    Lia says: "Dream Machine Hot Doctor Fantacy"
    "Dream Machine Hot Doctor Fantacy"
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    Dream Machine surprised me in more ways than one. First this is not a tame tale, this is a hot, sensual, sexy, read. Almost from the very beginning the crackling sexuality permeates the pages of this erotic tale.
    The tale of a man's struggle between a mind built upon the facts of science,and the erratic, illogical pleas of the heart. An intimate experiment in human sexuality offers him the opportunity to quell his sexual curiosity for his assistant. This is a very brief explanation of a steamy story. Between the highly erotic intimate scenes, Jayne Rylon manages to sneak in a plot with enough heart to keep the eroticism from reeling out of control and completely overwhelming the story. The characters are layered and by the end you want them together if only because Rylon has created a perfect couple.
    I did enjoy the tale, it kept me coming back until the end. If you are looking for some "alternate stimulation" definitely pick it up

    Gregory Salinas did an amazing job with the delivery of the story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint: The Original Sinners, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. Sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, she declares that she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns - Søren to her and only her - and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed, yet even she knows that being in love with a priest can't be right. But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her.

    Lia says: "WOW!!! What a Great Book"
    "WOW!!! What a Great Book"
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    This book is different from any other I have listened to. Beware it is not for the faint hearted with explicit sex scenes and BDSM content. Having said that - I COULDN'T put it down!! I didn't WANT to put it down!! I fell in love with the world and characters Tiffany created! Her writing style is superb and she helps you navigate the world she created. Never did I feel lost or as if I was being taken for a ride. I TRUSTED Tiffany to share details when they needed to be shared and loved it when she illustrated things instead of telling me things.

    Ahhh Eleanor! The girl after my own heart! I simply LOVED her! She is strong and independent even at a young age. I loved how she is curious and isn't afraid to question things. She is sweet (though she'll tell you she isn't), rebellious (not just because she questions things) and she has a bit of a destructive side. She hasn't had it easy, but she tries to make the best of it. All this and she's only 15 years old!

    Søren is... a... uhm..... a priest. And that should make him off limits, right? But it doesn't. He's a man. He is human. He is .... Søren. He is complicated, mysterious, honest, loyal, faithful, smart, headstrong.... I could go on and on, but you can find out more when you listen to the book!

    The best part of this book is getting to peel the layers off of Søren. He’s not a hero; he’s not an anti-hero. He is not quite the Byronic hero, instead he is a set of contradictions – light and dark, tender and cruel, tragic and heartwarming. He is shaped and formed by his past. But whether he is born this way or shaped this way, at the end he is a sadist. Though this is not a word in my everyday vocabulary, I am challenged to see that concept in a different way.

    Okay, so he's a Priest and she's only 15 years old. While some may view this as a reason to not read the book(s) or find this to be "wrong", the way Tiffany tells their story, you will understand and see what everyone else is talking about.

    The bantering between Søren and Eleanor is fantastic! Loved every bit of it! And OMG, the sexual tension between these two. YIKES!!! Add Kingsley to the mix and yeah.... Awesomeness!!

    I will say that I was a tad bit concerned that I would be "lost" as this is part of a series. However, as "The Saint" is a prequel to the entire series, I feel that you can start with this and then continue with the series. Others have stated that it is best to read them in order as you will get a better understanding of things (i.e. their relationship).

    Overall, a fantastic listen! Tiffany has become an auto-buy author for me! I have added the entire series to my TBR Mountain (and has been bumped up to the top). I have no doubt that I will love them all!

    Elizabeth Hart was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Danger: A Ghost Ops Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
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    (30)
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    Only one man and one woman can stop the world from burning in this thrilling final volume in Lisa Marie Rice’s sexy Ghost Ops series, in which an elite super-secret military team must face down doomsday and protect the gifted women they love. Haven, a community of misfits and geniuses, is one of the few safe places remaining in a world on fire.

    tina says: "Completely unexpected & hair-raising turn"
    "3.5 Stars Good but Not As Good As The Rest"
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    This was a nice finish to the series, I was really looking forward to the zombie outbreak and was satisfied with how it played out. There was perhaps a little less romance in this book and the insta-sex/love was not for me. I was also fairly satisfied with the ending. While this might not be my favorite Lisa Marie Rice novel, the plot was a bit farfetched but it was a fun read and a good conclusion to the series. I really questioned was why the vaccinations were not used on Jon and Sophie that part really baffeld me.


    Kaleo Griffith was really good the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Her Perfect Match: Mistress Matchmaker, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jess Michaels
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Vivien Manning, the notorious Mistress Matchmaker, is tired. Tired of the parties, tired of the lovers, tired of being her. So she decides to leave London behind once and for all and start a whole new life. But before she goes, she must tie up some loose ends, and makes a list that includes a man she's never been fully able to let go - Benedict Greystone. Benedict was broken when Vivien broke off their affair years ago. When she comes back into his life - and his bed - he isn't certain of anything except the power of their desire.

    Lia says: "Excellent conclusion to the series"
    "Excellent conclusion to the series"
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    I really enjoyed reading Her Perfect Match. We finally get to read Vivian's story! I'll try very hard to not give anything away in this review (phew, this is going to be difficult). :)

    The opening drew the reader right into the action and excitement of Vivian's world, but also set-up the inciting incident that would carry us through the rest of the book. From the start, I wanted to know what was so special about Benedict that Vivian would be thinking about him at time such as [in the opening]. I loved the push-and-pull between them and rooted for them right from the start. The twist about 60% into the book had me reading with my mouth opened for a good five minutes. It was brilliant and completely understandable given the circumstances. And of course, the ending was "aww"-inducing and heart-warming, even if it was a little rushed.

    There are a few nit-picky things that threw me off just a bit. I mentioned earlier that I wanted to know what was so special about Benedict -- I do think that question could have been developed a little more. I never got a truly satisfactory answer to that question beyond "they loved each other." And the reveal for why the couple split up in the first place had almost no foreshadowing and probably should have come earlier than 80% into the book. The dialogue was appropriately formal (the book is set in the Regency period after all), but this formality carried through to the bedroom scenes. I found this level of formality, especially between these two characters given their background and history, just a tad too much. These issues bought the book 4 stars instead of 5 stars

    Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Her Perfect Match and cannot wait for the next book from Jess Michaels!

    Carmen Rose was excellent with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
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    Greyson King. My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He's the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something. He lied. His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero. There's zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.

    Erin says: "Good story but .....Shayna Thibodeaux's narration?"
    "I think I have Had Enough Katy Evans"
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    In all honesty this entire book felt as if it was enforced on me and I had to grasp on straws just to try and stay in step with the progression of the plot.

    Rogue started off with a series feel... but midway through moved to a stand-alone (which it is) pace. Slow... briefly detailed and then just as you are getting on par with the pace... rushed and forced ahead without natural growth.

    Majority of the time I felt confused and dumb - I didn't always know what was really happening.

    I felt this book was beyond cheesy... and please... I love cheesy lines! So that's saying something. I even had cringing moments of total mortification for the words and actions and again... I'm no Sunday school teacher. I couldn't swallow a lot of this book... but again, it kept me reading. How? I'm not entirely sure, but I finished it and that again says a whole lot.

    I felt the insta-love (I hate insta-love) relationship between Melanie and Greyson didn't progress as smoothly as it was suppose to. I sort of felt as if there were parts missing since the jumps felt really huge. As an example... I originally thought their relationship had only reach about a 3 week level, yet at one point Melanie mentions that it had been months instead of just weeks. I may have spaced out a little and lost all meaning of time... but I don't think I did.

    I also didn't think the peak within this plot was reached as successfully as it could have. The character reactions compared to the on-going fear of the truth coming out didn't really balance well. A total anti-climax. I didn't love the fact that it was very, very clear that Melanie's a complete and utter slut. I have no problem at all with characters having had many lovers... but I'm not one fore constant reminder that the female character spread her legs for anything as long as it was male and alive. Complete turn off for me when it comes to trying to connect with any female character.

    As a whole this book wasn't a 'waste of time'... it simply wasn't brilliant. There are many faults and gapes that could (actually should) have been filled. Since this isn't a first for author Katy Evans, it's a huge surprise to me that this book lacks the 'completed' feeling. I kind of want to say that this shouldn't have been a stand-alone. There's enough info and history in this book to have made it a two book series... or at the very least, half the book longer than it is. There's a whole lot missing and I feel that it is incomplete. I still don't think I've caught up to the pace in which this book moved. It was scary fast!

    I am not a fan of duel narrators and this book was let down by the delivery of Shayna Thibodeaux she read too fast and her voice was annoying. Jason Carpenter was great with his part of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
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    (2510)
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    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Epic Book"
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    This book was outright amazing, the only comparison I can draw for this novel would be something like Law & Order: Witch Trials. Thereby seeing the first lines of the novel indicating the location in the Carolinas, I hear the distinctive DUN! DUN! in my head just thinking about it. There is definitely some shady dealings going on in the town of Fount Royal where an accused witch is on trial and the one and only penalty for cavorting with the Devil is death by flames. For a town that deems itself holy and wants nothing more but to purge it's self from the presence of evil, nearly everyone in the town seems to be guilty of something. But down the rabbit hole Robert McCammon takes us, who is to blame for the atrocities that have been committed in this town? Did the accused truly murder her husband and the Reverend? Is the owner of the town a silent schemer? Does the Dr. in the town have ulterior motives? Does the new Reverend that arrives to the town care too much about lustful ideals than saving souls? What's up with all the rain? Why does my stomach hurt right now? All but the last two questions get answered in this epic book. This book is really long, and I mean REALLY long, but it is extremely enrapturing. This book isn't for the feint of heart, if you are the occasional reader this may not fit the bill for your wants and desires, but if you like to be kept guessing the whole time, it is sure to please.

    Robert McCammon makes every detail matter and I sopped it up like I was eating biscuits and gravy. Sometimes picking out details that I would read knowing that there was an obvious reason why it was mentioned, but having to wait a while until the answer comes to fruition. I'm very glad to know that Matthew Corbett makes an appearance in 3 more novels! I'm already ready to crack open the next volume in the series. I read this book right after finishing Wolf's Hour by McCammon, but this book was a completely different animal. Robert paints pictures in your mind that you can't help but see clear as day, and the dialogue is also quite amazing, as his attention to detail in the character's speech, and talking style is painstakingly rendered. I can only imagine how long it must have been for the author to craft this masterpiece. Also, I'll give a nod to Robert for not including so much detail to the main character being quite the slut that Michael Galatin from the Wolf's Hour was. I have to give McCammon a lot of credit on this novel, and I don't feel guilty in the slightest from awarding this book 5 stars, which is not something I do all willy nilly!

    Edoardo Ballerini was great with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rock Arrangement: The Lonely Kings, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ava Lore
    • Narrated By Crystal Sershen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Story
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    Chronic loser Rebecca Alton is penniless, homeless, and sleeping on her sister’s couch. She needs a job, fast, but in this economy finding one is easier said than done. When she accidentally walks into the wrong office and finds herself auditioning for the role of fake girlfriend and very real babysitter to Carter Hudson, the out-of-control lead guitarist of an up and coming rock band, can she pull it off? And considering who her boss would be - Carter's brother and the band’s bassist, manager, and undisputed king of bad attitudes Kent Hudson - would she even want the job?

    Tara says: "Hot Rockers that the Narrator Killed!"
    "Funny, Sexy With Lots LOL Moments"
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    Rebecca is staying at her sister's house in L.A. after fleeing her controlling, abusive ex-boyfriend. Now broke, homeless and jobless, she accidentally walks into the wrong office looking for a job and meets Kent. Totally hot, he is actually the bass player/manager for an up-and-coming band, but he's hiring a "personal assistant" (read:babysitter) for Carter, Kent's little brother, who is also the band's guitarist and is well on his way to rock and roll self destruction.
    Without many options and in need of the big salary, Rebecca takes the job but it's not as Carter's assistant. She has to pretend to be his girlfriend so she can watch him 24/7--something that becomes harder each day as her feelings for Kent grow stronger. Can Rebecca and Kent keep their hands off each other so no one guesses her relationship with Carter is a sham? When her ex resurfaces, all hell breaks loose and Rebecca sees a future with Kent, slipping away.

    I really liked this book. GREAT characters--even Rebecca, who began as kind of a wuss/victim. She was pretty funny and even though she had a lot of issues, they didn't make her into a shut-in. She still managed to act on her conscience and show her true character. As Kent told her--she's a stronger person than she realizes. Kent was hot, though a self-professed "a**hole". But even from the beginning when he was a total jerk, he was still funny and charismatic without being a caveman toward Rebecca. The other characters were also fairly interesting--I wanted to learn more about what made them tick.

    There were quite a few laugh out loud moments throughout the book. The dialogue managed to be funny without being snarky, rude, bitchy or mean--quite an accomplishment these days. The plot seemed believable and in keeping with the rock theme and the sex scenes were pretty hot without being too detailed or drawn out.

    All in all, I really liked this book. I guess this is a short review because all I really wanted to say was, "great job!" to the author. I've read a lot of so-so books on this exact topic lately and it's nice to find an enjoyable one without a lot of missteps.

    The ONLY NEGATIVE about the story I had was the ending--which didn't really have an epilogue. In lieu of an epilogue, another chapter would have been nice to see what happened after the concert. And Rebecca's sister Rose, an important character in the beginning, disappeared after Rebecca took the job. She definitely seemed like she would have had something to say about the events in San Diego. Also, even though Rebecca's family was supposed to be super close, we never saw their reaction to anything that happened.

    I know there's a book 2 (which I am going to buy RIGHT NOW!!! LOL) so I am assuming we see more of these two in the sequel. Hopefully, more than just a background story with superficial involvement. This would have been five stars if the ending had been wrapped up better.

    Still really liked it.

    I have to agree with some other reviewers about the narration. Crystal Sershen was just bearly OK with the delivery of the story. I was hovering over a 2 rating because her male voices were so annoying. I am glad she is not narrating the other stories in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Your Corner: Redemption, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
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    Performance
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    Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection - until a chance encounter throws them together. A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did.

    Lia says: "Absolutley loved this story!!"
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    With the market currently flooded with MMA fighter novels and me being a relatively picky rlistener, it takes something above and beyond to keep me reading this type of novel these days. Oh, and I am a big fan of MMA so I get kind of twitchy when it’s not done right. Sarah Castille has done it right and then some 

    Amanda is a junior associate in a high-powered and powerful law firm and she is absolutely on track to become partner and finally earn her parents’ approval. She has gone above and beyond what is expected of her, sacrificed every free moment of her life and, made sure her behavior and demeanor are above reproach. Outside of the office, Amanda has a delightful friend with benefits and a box full of pro bono cases that she actually does cherish. In all, Amanda’s life is going exactly the way she planned it and then in the blink of an eye it is all taken from her. In a fit of anger and absolute betrayal, one of the senior partners at her law firm and, coincidentally her father’s best friend threatens to expose Amanda’s relatively naughty private life is she doesn’t sleep with him. Not one to be blackmailed and certainly not one to whore herself out, Amanda refuses to bow to her boss’s wishes and is summarily relieved of all her duties and responsibilities with the firm. With no job and the threat of total personal and professional humiliation hanging over her, Amanda retreats completely from the world.

    Jake Donovan is the most beautiful man Amanda has ever seen and for two short months he was hers. Thanks to her games and total inability to commit, Amanda lost Jake and for two years has regretted the loss immensely. Imagine her surprise when it is Jake (thanks to her best friend and book one heroine, Makayla) who knocks on her door and forces her back into the world of the living. Completely confused by Jake’s presence in her life, Amanda tries to keep herself from hoping for the impossible, reconciliation and a return to a life she once loved. For Jake, his presence in Amanda’s life is completely clear and this time he doesn’t intend to lose her. From the beginning, Jake knows his road to a HEA with Amanda is going to be hard but he has no idea how hard until he is all up in the middle of her crazy.

    The sexual tension between Jake and Amanda is so high that both are constantly on edge. If they are going to make it, they have to be a part of each other’s lives and that means interacting and trying to control their sexual desire so they can work through their past issues. With Jake’s encouragement, Amanda opens her own law firm, files a hefty lawsuit against her former employer and, begins training at Redemption. Her future, both personally and professionally is completely uncertain and though she is glad to have Jake back in her life, Amanda isn’t sure she has the fight in her that she needs to get to a HEA. Jake for damn sure has the fight in him but Amanda is stubborn beyond reason and even the most patient man has his limits. Unbelievably, Amanda finds a way to yet again break both their hearts and threaten their future together.

    The Bottom Line: Sarah Castille and her naughty Redemption series has just stolen my heart!! I am all kinds of on board this train and willing to ride no matter where the conductor wants to go  In Your Corner isn’t just Amanda and Jake’s story but also an evolution of the series as a whole. We primarily get Jake and Amanda and their story is certainly interesting but we also get a glimpse into the lives of a whole host of other characters. There is Penny, Amanda’s feisty British assistant; Ray, the hardcore private investigator who just can’t seem to give up on Amanda; Rampage, the loveable and slightly slow Redemption fighter who just adores Amanda and, Fuzzy, the police officer and Redemption fighter who seems to always be in the middle of an Amanda-created mess. Like its predecessor, Against the Ropes, In Your Corner is a hot contemporary romance with a little bit of everything for a wide variety of listeners. For myself, the Redemption series is MMA fiction done right and though the books are a bit formulaic, I just simply don’t care.

    Lucy Rivers as always was fantastic with the delivery of the story.

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