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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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  • A Gentleman Undone: Blackshear Family Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Cecilia Grant
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play - both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London's gentlemen's clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm's length. A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence.

    Amazon Customer says: "A very unique historical romance"
    "Hurt so good"
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    The writing--exquisite. The storyline--gripping. The characters--damaged but not destroyed. A Gentleman Undone is literary writing at its best. Cecilia Grant manages to avoid all of the canned gimmicks that so many formulaic romance novels resort to using, and the end result is a novel that is original, profound and poignant. I do enjoy novels that trend toward the darker side, though sometimes the darker they are, the less I'm convinced in the end that the characters can truly ever be happy (see Judith Ivory's Black Silk). Grant does dark well, but she knows how to convince the reader (through the aforementioned exquisite writing) that the characters can survive, heal, and eventually thrive together.

    Because this is a romance novel, there is obviously going to be a sex scene or two, but what sets this romance (I'm loathe to even categorize this in the romance novel genre--it's that good!) apart from so many others is that each sex scene propels the story forward. Every sex scene is necessary to the story because it is part of the plot; none of them have the author-must-meet-their-sex-scene-quota feel. Miss a sex scene and you've missed a good bit of character development essential to your understanding of the plot. Oh, and the sex scenes are so good (what a paltry word!) they should be measured on the Richter scale.

    I waited for this book for five months after reading A Lady Awakened (worth it, of course!), and it looks like I'll have to wait eight months for the next (A Woman Entangled). I don't mean to be pushy, Ms. Grant, but you really do need to write a bit faster.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Zorus: Cyborg Seduction, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (233)

    All cyborgs hate humans, but Zorus is consumed by it. Chained, enslaved, and facing death on Earth once again, he vows revenge. To his utter astonishment, a human female comes to his rescue. She's rude, mouthy, and bossy. And very brave. She baffles him almost as much as she arouses him. Zorus cannot deny that he’s fascinated by her. They are about to lock wills and ignite a firestorm of desire that defies every rule he lives by.

    Lia says: "Zorus Redeemed"
    "Zorus Redeemed"
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    Zorus, You Evil Sadistic Cyborg!!! I have HATED You for SOOO LONG.

    Zorus is a member of the Ruling Council that governs cyborgs. His orders are law and must be obeyed. But Zorus is a sick cyborg. He hates humans with a passion, and has been an evil terror to all cyborg males that have attempted to take a human female as a mate. He has gone as far as ordering them to be killed under the pretense that they were Earth Government spies searching for cyborgs.

    Zorus had been used as a pleasure slave for females and males before escaping Earth Government years ago. He is still tormented by their abuse and holds hate towards all humans in his heart.

    But Charlie isn't like most humans. She is strong, stubborn, and determined to save him, even willing to risk her own life to do it. She amazes Zorus, and she argues with him, orders him around, and refuses to take any of his bull!!!

    Leave it Laurann Dohner to create a character I can't stand, only to make me fall head over heals in love with him by the end!!! Redeeming Zorus was a wonderful love story. It was about healing, forgiving and learning to let go of hate.

    Mindy Kennedy is fantastic with the delivery of all the series and did not dissapoint with this story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Within Me: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Carly Fall
    • Narrated By Kevin Scollin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    When Abby and Noah meet, there is an explosive attraction between them that neither can deny… As a shy, awkward, social misfit, Abby has gone her whole life feeling as though she's different from everyone else and she simply doesn't fit in well with society as a whole. She longs to feel a real connection with someone, and she finally does when she meets Noah. Unbeknownst to Abby, Noah is from another world and his sole purpose is to hunt down the evil of his people that was unleashed on Earth hundreds of years ago. He's certain he isn't going to be able to return to his home, and anger and the need for revenge are his constant companions.

    Lia says: "Could Have Been Great!"
    "Could Have Been Great!"
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    What I liked: I loved the premise of this story--unique and fun. Liked the hero. The author writes well, smooth and a good way with dialogue.

    What I didn't like: Holy moly, can we just get to the story? For a 7 hour 47 minute book this background stuff took over 2 hours - boring. The beginning consisted of a few lines of action and dialogue and then chapters of background information about the hero and his people. I felt like I was reading a sci fi encyclopedia.

    The same thing with the heroine. We finally meet her over 10% of the way into the story, get one brief half page of present day and then bam! into her past.

    And that's where I almost gave it up. I hope the author will continue to use her great imagination and writing skills, then cut out all unnecessary stuff. There only 2 actual sex scenes in the whole book that were not very well written. Overall too much repeat information and not enough action spoiled the book for me.

    The narrator was great with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On the Record: The Record, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger…. The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde's Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on…or to pick up right where you left off.

    Lia says: "Another Great Book in a fantastic series"
    "Another Great Book in a fantastic series"
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    Completely on the record, this second book in this series BLEW. ME. AWAY! It was just so... so... everything. Now I'll admit, the first book, Off the Record, left me a little bit unsatisfied. I felt like it was missing something, I wasn't as emotionally invested in the story line initially as I wanted to be. Well, this book, On the Record, was a game changer.

    I really loved Brady Maxwell in the first book. He was, honestly, what kept me engaged in a book that otherwise left me disconnected. So color me surprised when this sequel, a story where Brady is virtually absent in much of it, completely consumed me from the very first page. I don't know what happened, I can't pinpoint what exactly changed, but this book was just glue. I could not pull myself away.

    I feel compelled to note that the writing of K.A. Linde grows with each book she publishes. This story, in my opinion, reflects her strongest writing yet. I'm not typically a fan of third person narrative. In fact, I avoid it at all costs usually. But this author does it right, does it in such a way that I don't notice or care that it's not written in first person. I never felt like I was left wanting for anything, I felt it all, heard it all, saw it all. I was completely in it. The writing felt really clean, perfectly polished. I savored ever single word.

    The pacing and the timing in this book was spot on. The development of the relationship between Liz and Hayden was exactly what I needed it to be to believe in it. And I did! I was scared. This relationship between the two built on such a foundation of goodness, of honesty, of everything that was right, precisely what Liz needed after her heartbreaking departure from Brady. So of course I was afraid of how my own attachment to Hayden would play out in the grand scheme of things. I could not have been more surprised by everything that unfolds in this relationship. I want to scream and laugh and cry over how perfectly imperfect the course of events unfolded... but I can't. Listen to it, so we can rant together!!!

    The reemergence of Brady... the perfectly angst-ridden scenes where the author thrusts Liz and Brady back into each other's lives, if only for a moment. I wanted to jump for joy and curl up in a ball and cry. Every word... every miniscule touch, ever heated glance... it. was. just. delicious. Deliciously hot, deliciously devastating... all the things K.A. Linde delivers, but in such a new, refreshing way. The things they say to each other... they say EVERYTHING I always hoped I'd hear, the good and the bad. I could just eat this book up.

    The plot turns in this book NEVER STOP. But the timing, it's all just so perfect. It's never drama for the sake of drama, angst for the sake of angst. It's all completely crucial to the story line, paced perfectly, never over the top, never too subtle. My use of "perfect" is redundant, but I don't care. Everything about this story, every single word is exactly where it should be to form this unforgettable, unputdownable, sexy, angsty romance.

    I felt everything I hoped I'd feel reading this book and so much more. The details and the nuances of this story... I could talk about it all for days. I probably will. But to avoid spoilers, I'm just going to say this... get on board and enjoy this ride. Don't wait for the next installment before you take the plunge. The queen of angst outdid herself with On the Record. I want to run around carrying her on my shoulders because she totally freaking nailed it!

    Natalie Ross is one of my favourite narrators and she was fantastic in the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark & Lonely

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    When the mother that abandoned them years ago suddenly shows up and moves them to New Hampshire, Madison has no choice but to go or lose her family. Shoving her dreams aside yet again, she tries to make a life for her siblings only to discover that nothing is going the way that it should. It's really cold. Her fifteen year old sister acts like a hooker in training. Men act funny around her. Her boss is a real jerk. She feels like an outsider.

    Yvette says: "5 ENTERTAINING, BLOOD-SUCKING STARS!"
    "3.5 Stars - Great Potential But!"
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    The prologue and beginning of this story was enough that after sampling, I wanted more. This is from the author who brought us PLAYING FOR KEEPS which many will agree was straight up fun to read and put a smile on your face. TALL, DARK, and LONELY has that element of humour to it as well and this was so very fresh for me because it was that humour mixed with a paranormal read. I feel in love with the characters of Madison and Ephraim and wanted desperately to know where their story would go.

    Now, as my rating suggests, I had some issues with this book too. I loved the humour, I loved the characters but I felt like there were issues with the explanation of things or in most cases lack thereof. There were also points of continuity issues.

    The story is told from each characters point of view, but it switches from paragraph to paragraph. I had to re-listen many times trying to figure out who was being talked about. Jumping time then telling the story in past tense had me wanting to quit the book. Plot of the story switched many times also.

    Then there were just little things that left more questions and were not brought up in a way that made sense. The strength of his blood and how he can turn people for one. Then there were comments on whether he wanted something or not, when earlier he was described as not wanting it, then it became he did. No while yes, people are allowed to change their mind but this was not like that, it was brought about as if this was what he always felt.

    I know I am being a bit vague, because I still don't feel right spoiling the story. I didn't abandon this book, I listened to it completely because I still enjoyed the story line. I don't think I will continue on however, because I fear the same issue will arise in the next books in the series which is a shame. This book could have been utterly amazing with a bit more attention to detail.

    Great humour for a paranormal book and I did enjoy my time with it.

    Stella Bloom was good with the delivery of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Omega Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    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!"
    "Good Sexy Start to The Series"
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    Omega Mine is the first book in Aline Hunter's Alpha and Omega series and it delivers a punch.

    Diskant Black is a gifted shifter who can change into any animal he wants to. He is also an Omega which means his decisions are final and if you don't agree with them too bad. He meets Ava Brisbane and realizes she is his true mate and sets out to ensure she belongs only to him.

    There are numerous pack mates that develop the storyline and give us a sneak peek at future books and lots of action packed drama. There are wolf shifters, cat shifters as well as vampires and each has their own hierarchy within their groups. The guys are very hot and there are lots of intimate and steamy scenes between Diskant and Ava.

    A group called the "Shepherds" are the self-appointed saviors of the world and their plan is to hunt all shifters into extinction. Their single minded determination borders on obsession and I have the impression they are willing to win at all costs.

    The second book of the series is called "Enemy Mine" and I am looking forward to listening to it.
    Maxine Mitchell was great with the delivery of the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one....Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished 26-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

    Lia says: "Great New Dare Series"
    "Great New Dare Series"
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    This hit so many notes for me, it was like someone took all the elements I liked and wrote a story incorporating all if it. Scared hero? Check. Witty, hilarious heroine? Check. Excellent dialogue? Steamy yet sweet love scenes? Double check. This story was a perfect balance of fun, sweet, steamy, and sincere. The romance between the two main characters was priceless and I love that the heroine was all about taking the initiative with the hero! Bonus points for assertive ladies! I loved how the hero worked through his physical limitations and the way in which the author handled his injury was both tasteful and honest. When he talked about how much he missed surprises, I'm pretty sure I cried. Yet the humor was so perfect in so many scenes, I know I laughed out loud in several places. The entourage of fans? I could have died every time they showed up. But what stood out to me most was the chemistry between the two characters. They wanted each other so much and they both deserved so much to be happy. All the different hardships they each endured only seemed to strengthen them both, making them the perfect counterpoint to one another. I can't wait for next installment of the Castle's Ever After! Eagerly anticipating more and will be sure to pick up the next book! Highly recommend!


    Carmen Rose is one of my favourite narrators and she did a wonderful job with the delivery of this story

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Good

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rachel Robinson
    • Narrated By Marc Bachmann, Shirl Rae
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. The job, the glory - it's all his. Not because it's handed to him but because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it-or destroys it. Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she's ever loved, the very last thing she's looking for is a relationship - especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering.

    Yvette says: "WHAT BEAUTIFUL DEPTH AND EMOTION WITHIN THIS LOVE!"
    "Navy Seal Meets CPA"
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    Maverick is a Navy SEAL who loves a challenge. Tattooed, muscular, sexy as sin – women throw themselves at him and he’s used to getting what he wants. And what he wants is Windsor Forbes so that he can move on to the next one. However, she’s different – she doesn’t fall for his smooth lines and sexy smile. Which makes her much more than a notch on his bed post – she becomes someone he wants to figure out and get to know.

    Windsor is a no-nonsense CPA who analyzes risks and liabilities and makes informed, logical decisions. After being jilted by her fiancé after she found out about his cheating ass, she is lacking in her love life. When she meets Maverick all her internal alarms scream “STAY AWAY” but her body wants him. So after his clever persistence, she agrees to go out with him. Thus begins a sweet love story with freaking hot Navy SEAL sex scenes. Excuse me while I go fan myself.

    I liked these two. I enjoyed seeing their relationship grow from something physical to something so much more. It was like I got to experience them going through all their relationship milestones – first date, first kiss, first time getting some sexy time, first fight – to their life together as a couple. It was sweet and made me smile.

    What I liked most about this book was that it surprised me. From Chapter 1, I never knew what to expect and was continually left not knowing what the author was going to throw my way. I think this is what made me unable to put this book down until I saw how it ended.

    This story felt long – it is not some instant romance that takes place over a month or two. The entire storyline spans over a year (not counting the Epilogue). I did feel like the book was a bit too long though. Plot points and scenes were dragged out a bit and I felt like some scenes were fluff and unnecessary to forwarding the plot.

    I normally do not read books about men in the military. There really is no reason – for me it’s just that I don’t like reading about a fictionalized version about what our troops go through when they are deployed. However, I made an exception for this book. And as much as I enjoyed this book I did have a hard time reading some of the scenes where Maverick is in Afghanistan. They were sad and heart breaking and bit too much for me to read – but that is just my personal issue. The scenes were written very well and don’t let my personal feelings cloud yours.

    Now I need to talk about the last 30% of the book. I had a love-hate relationship with them. This is where all the angst was. My heart went back and forth like a ping pong ball between Maverick and Windsor. They were both completely right, yet both completely wrong. They both made stupid decisions, yet they both tried to redeem themselves. I was frustrated with them both, yet proud of them. All in all these two evened each other out and by the end I was perfectly content with how things ended up.
    The Narrators:
    I don't see the point in dual narrators unless the male and female narrators read the male and female parts of the story. Having said that Marc Bachmann , Shirl Rae did a good job with the delivery of the story.
    Worth a credit, yes! this was a good story with just a few issues.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Jane says: "Hopefully this is the first of a series"
    "Very Good Book But A Bit Drawn Out."
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    I must admit I bought this book when I learned that J.K. Rowlings wrote it. I wanted to see how she would write a mystery. I have to also admit that I have never listened any of her books and I was buying on her amazing reputation. With that said, I really liked the book, but did not love it.

    What I loved about it.
    * Fantastic job on character development (but would you think anything less?) I got to know and love Strike and Robin right from the beginning and warmed up to all the other cast very shortly.
    * The story was a good mystery.
    * I liked that the ending gave way to a sequel to this book as I am interested where Strike's business and personal life take him.
    * I loved Strike's crazy ex girlfriend and hope to see/hear more of her in future books as she was just briefly mentioned in the beginning and snippets throughout the book.

    What I didn't....
    *The book was OVERLY long. At almost 16 hours it dragged at times. She is an amazing descriptive writer but at times it just went on and on and I just wanted her to get on with it.
    * As in the above sentence, it took ages, sometimes chapters to wrap up a small part of the story line. Perhaps I like books that move faster.
    Having said that I still could not put the book down despite some frustrations.

    All in all a good solid listen and something you would expect from this caliber of writer. I looking forward to the next installment of the series.

    Robert Glenister was fantastic with the delivery of the story.
    Worth a credit, very much yes from me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Meant for Me, Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By L. P. Dover
    • Narrated By Jodie Bentley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    After a night of raw passion with the man Claire O'Briene had been secretly admiring for years, she thought their time together had come once and for all. Fate had finally brought them back to each other, but unfortunately nothing had changed. He was still the same man who ran away from relationships. Against his better judgment, Mason Bradley gave in to the temptation and allowed himself one night with the one woman he'd been too afraid to want - and too afraid to need.

    karen says: "Rocked My World = Totally Superliciousmo.. YUMMY"
    "A Little Dissapointed"
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    After reading all the reviews, I couldn't wait to to listen to this book. The beginning started out amazing and then 1/4 of the way into it, fell flat. They got together too quickly and the rest was pretty much them having sex and trying to figure out who the killer was. It was too much of a "suspense" book for me than a romance. The story wasn't even suspenseful....they pretty much knew who it was from the beginning. The writing was done well and the story flowed properly. It just wasn't the story I was expecting.

    Jodie Bentley was OK with the delivery of the story.
    Worth a credit IMHO no, but on sale yes

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (388)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Madora says: "At first I was flummoxed...."
    "Warmhearted and Hilarious"
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    It was a little sad to finish the book, which I did just this minute, and I don't remember ever being so moved by any books as I have been with 600 Hours of Edward and Edward Adrift. I will miss Edward (but intend to listen to both books again) but knowing he is safe and sound and happy makes it easier. I was fully engaged with both books from beginning to end and being an avid fiction reader, that is saying a lot. Mr. Lancaster did an amazing job of creating this lovely character, one I will remember the rest of my days. I keep wondering why Edward is so endearing to me. I think having him narrate the book and showing us what makes him tick was fascinating. We all have our various ways of coping so I guess it was really intriguing to learn Edwards tricks which worked insofar as they distracted him at times from the real issues at hand, the ones he couldn't control. Even those, he acknowledged so he had good insight and communication skills and I love that he made a point of accuracy in all things. Good communication skills are always attractive to me.
    Observing the OCD and Asperger's personality in this book was also fascinating and it actually makes sense to me to have a few of these traits, daily routines, methods of doing things correctly and remembering lots of details (that might come in handy) only to the point where they do not interfere with relationships or getting things done. So, in this way, Edward was instructing or showing me how he ordered his world and I might try to develop more effective routines and processes in my own life after seeing his.
    For now, I will try to let Edward go but I am more likely to imagine him as a friend and teacher I will remember fondly for a long time.

    Luke Daniels was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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