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  • Harvard's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker believes that there is no room for women in a combat zone. It's too dangerous, too tough, and with P. J. involved, too distracting. He might respect her sharp intellect and her shooting abilities, but he still doesn't want the responsibility of making sure she stays alive. But P. J. isn't a woman who backs down easily, and to her mind, Harvard has a lot to learn. She just doesn't expect him to be so eager to instruct her on other subjects, like trust, desire - and maybe even love.

    Bookbell says: "I enjoy All Suzanne Brockmann's Books"
    "Not my favorite in the series, but still good"
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    I am a big fan of Suzanne Brockmann, so I did enjoy this story, but I felt that the chemistry between the two main charachters, Daryl "Harvard" Becker, Navy SEAL, and PJ Richards, FinCom agent, was not as pronounced as it was with some of her other couples. Harvard, as part of SEAL Team 10, is running a training exercise with the FinCom agents, trying to show that the anti-terrorist work that the SEALs do cannot be done by the FinCom. While there is an attraction between Harvard and PJ, they both deny it, for different reasons, with limited success. I felt like the story was a little slow to take hold, but once it did, I did feel very engaged with these two and really wanted things to work out for them. I also appreciated that Ms. Brockmann portrayed PJ as a beautiful, successful woman who had chosen to wait to engage in sex until her mid-20's. Honestly, I don't think that this type of woman is as rare as many would think, but you never hear about them, especially in such a positive way. So, overally, I recommend this installment in Ms. Brockmann's SEAL Team 10 series and I eagerly look forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liz Flaherty
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    Claudia says: "I Praise this Author"
    "Not what I was expecting, but still very good"
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    This novel was in the romance category and is produced by Harlequin. The cover art even makes it looks like your typical romance novel. (Not ragging on romances -- I love them!) Anyway, part of why I enjoy the romance genre is for the escapism, the scenes of falling in love, and the guaranteed happily-ever-after! My life can be kinda stressful and that HEA is not always in sight, if you know what I am saying...
    Well, this story was not, in my opinion, in that genre. It is the story of Grace Elliot, the youngest child in a very disfunctional family. Her older siblings were the "perfect" ones and she was the messed up one. She was even stood up for the prom by her brother's best friend, Dillon. The story begins with Dillon walking back into her life, not long after her abusive father has died. The story plays out over the next year with health problems, secrets being revealed, breakups, marriages, and lots of angst. Still, I LOVED IT! Rebecca Gibel's narration added so much to the story and I obsessively listened to it over 4 days. I cried in several parts and felt frankly spent when it was over. I really came to care for Grace and the family that she made for herself.
    So, if you are looking for something light, this might not be for you, but if you are looking for a story that will really draw you in, give it a chance.

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  • Never Love a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (794)

    Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Always Love a Highlander!"
    "Third book in series -- just as good!"
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    So, for the 3rd book in the series, we come to the story of Rionna McDonald and the youngest McCabe brother Caelen. After seeing his brother Alaric fall in love with Keely McDonald, he agrees to marry Rionna and to seal the alliance between the McDonald and McCabe clans. He is attracted to Rionna, admiring her strength and her willingness to fight for her clan, but he is not in love with her, promising never to love another after being betrayed by his first love. Rionna is humiliated that her philandering father, the former laird of the McDonald clan, had attempted to arrange her marriage to all 3 of the McCabe brothers. She is insecure about her looks and her role as a woman, just never really feeling like she fits in. She is attracted to Caelen, but hates how he treats her. This story shows how their relationship grows through MANY rough patches. The evil Duncan Cameron is still on the scene and you wonder if Rionna will ever find her plan. Overall, a great story. Wish that there was a 4th installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction of a Highland Lass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (859)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (798)

    Fiercely loyal to his older brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.

    Benoibe says: "Better than the first book. Love those Highlanders"
    "Sigh... the second book was just as good!"
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    Again with the cover art! Where is the hero's long hair?! OK, petty, I know... So, this is the story of Alaric McCabe, fierce warrior and younger brother to the laird of the McCabe clan. The story starts with him heading over to the McDonald clan lands, planning to marry Rionna McDonald and to seal the alliance between the two clans. He is hesitant to marry her after seeing the love match between his brother Ewan and his new wife Mairin, but he is willing to do whatever it takes to support his clan. While on his way there, though, he is set upon by soldiers sent by the dastardly Duncan Cameron and is terribly wounded. By happenstance, his horse takes him to the tiny cabin of Keely McDonald, local healer who has been cast out of the clan, due to circumstances beyond her control. She saves his life and ends up being taken back to the McCabe lands, both to continue to help Alaric recover and to attend to Mairin's pregnancy and delivery, since the McCabes have no healer. What will happen to the burgeoning love between Alaric and Keely? What about the alliance between the McDonalds and the McCabes? What about Duncan Cameron? This is such an exciting and romantic read. Yes, I cried -- more than once! Looking forward to the third book in the trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1122)
    Story
    (1132)

    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
    "What a fun story!"
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    I was a little put off by the cover art, which was so explicit and not very accurate. The hero, Ewan, was described as having long hair, but I guess that I am nit-picking. Anyway, this is the story of Mairin Stewart, illegitimate daughter of the recently deceased king of Scotland. Once she marries and produces a child, she will come into her inheritance, a strategic plot of land which is desired by many of the local lairds. The story starts with her being kidnapped by Duncan Cameron, one of these lairds, who plans to force her into marriage. She resists (of course!) and while being spirited back to his keep, she encounters a lost child, young Crispin McCabe, who wandered away from his clan's keep and ended up being kidnapped, as well. She take him under her protection, escapes, and ends up back on the McCabe lands. She meets up with Crispin's father, the widowed Ewan McCabe and sparks fly. This was a fun story, with lots of plot twists, and lots of steamy parts, too. Still, the story held up and it did not feel like a series of sex scenes. I came to really care about the characters and wanted to know more about them. So glad that this is the first of a trilogy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Good Girls Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman - or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a break-in at her family’s brewery. He’s got his own problems - starting with the fact that his partner, Simone, is pregnant and everyone thinks he’s the father.

    Stephanie says: "I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE"
    "Hilarious and romantic -- fun story!"
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    Tessa Donovan may be 27, but she is still the innocent little sister to her brothers, who just happen to co-own a family brewery with her. When she develops an interest in Luke Asher, the hot detective who is investigating a break-in at the brewery, and who also happens to be her brother Jamie's friend from college, all kinds of chaos ensues.
    This is such a cute and funny story, with laugh out loud parts, along with some pretty steamy and romantic love scenes. Lauren Fortgang gives a great performance as narrator and makes me really look forward to getting to the next two books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Boys Do

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (225)

    Olivia Bishop is no fun. That's what her ex-husband said. And that's what her smart bob and glasses imply. So with her trademark determination, Olivia sets out to remake her life. She's going to spend time with her girlfriends and not throw it all away for some man. But when an outing with her book club leads her to a brewery taproom, the dark-haired beauty realizes that trouble - in the form of sexy Jamie Donovan - may be too tempting to avoid.

    Jennifer says: "Cute, romantic fun"
    "Romantic, fun, engaging -- a great story!"
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    This is the story of Jamie Donovan, middle brother in the Donovan clan, and Olivia Bishop, slightly older and very straight laced instructor at the local university. Jamie has a reputation for being a ladies man and a screw-up. He works as a bartender at the family's brewery, taking on little more responsibility or work than is strictly necessary. At least, that is the reputation that he has. He wants to do more, to BE more, and to have others seem him that way, too. Olivia is a woman who happens to meet him, at the brewery (of course!), who is coming out of a decade long marriage to an older, controlling man. She suffers from an inferiority complex of her own -- feeling that she is boring and old. When these two get together, their developing relationship really reels you in.
    The narration by Lauren Fortgang is GREAT, as well. This is the 2nd in the series and I cannot wait to get to the third.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1606)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1446)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Writing, Mediocre Romance"
    "Wonderful fantasy!"
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    Loved, loved, LOVED this story. We meet Karou, a 17 year old art student living in Prague. Her bright blue hair grows out of her head that way (!) and she has no memory of any human family. The only "family" that she does have are her father figure Brimstone and his half-snake assistant Issa, along with other monstrous creatures Yasri and Twiga. Karou carries around a notebook, where she makes drawings of these creatures, along with drawings of angels' wings. She eventually meets an angel, Akiva, and as their relationship unfolds, their history is revealed, along with deep pain, betrayal, and lifetimes of regret. This is a wonderful story that really paints a picture of another time, another place. I loved it and was so sad when it ended. Sigh... :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (742)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "I had so been looking forward to this..."
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    After reading Daughter of Smoke & Bone and, frankly, LOVING the blend of paranormal, fantasy, thriller, and romance, I was waiting impatiently for the second installment of the story of Karou and Akiva. This story, though, was so dark, so heavy, and frankly, so boring, that it was hard for me to get through. (Spoiler alert!) So many of the characters from the 1st book have been murdered and Karou and Akiva are (truly!) in separate worlds, so it is basically a story of genocide. I felt that Khristine Hvam did a great job narrating, but I had to force myself to get through the book. The final 1/4 of the book picked up a bit and I started to feel like the plot was moving forward and that there might be some kind of hope, some possible reconciliation for some of the characters, but I am not so sure that I will be around for the 3rd book. We'll see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Pleasures with a Scoundrel: Scoundrels of St. James, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (354)

    On a quest to avenge her sister's death, Eleanor Watkins never expected to fall for the man following her through pleasure gardens and into ballrooms. But soon nothing can keep her from the arms of the sinfully attractive scoundrel, not even the dangerous secrets she keeps. Strong, compassionate, and utterly irresistible, James is all she desires. But can she trust him enough to let herself succumb to all the pleasures that midnight allows?

    DARA says: "Great finish to the series."
    "And last, the story of James Swindler"
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    While I only gave this story 4 stars instead of the 5 that I gave the rest of the series, it was still very good. It is the story of James Swindler, former street urchin and current inspector at Scotland Yard, and Eleanor/Emma Watkins. They meet when Miss Watkins comes to London to avenge the death of her sister Elizabeth, who was "ruined" the year before by the scoundrel, Lord Rockberry. She begins following the Lord, who promptly goes to Scotland Yard and claims that she aims to murder him. Swindler is assigned to follow her, making sure that she poses no threat, and their relationship develops.
    The relationship between the two is sweet and ingrossing. The romance is hot, but again, not vulgar, and the love seems real. However, there is a lot of extra plot that seems to be a bit much: murder, poisonings, misidentifying of the sisters, etc. Still, I loved this series and am sad to see it end. Overall, a very good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (439)

    Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

    DARA says: "Very Sweet Continuation"
    "Finally, Frannie's story!"
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    The 3rd in the Scoundrels of St. James series is the story of Frannie Darling and Sterling Mabry, Duke of Greystone, and older brother of Catherine, newly wed to Jack Dodger. Frannie is a bookkeeper at Jack's gaming hall and his childhood friend from the streets. Sterling is a real jerk -- having abandoned his sister to tour the world while their father lay ill after a stroke and making inappropriate advances towards Frannie, including offering to set her up as his mistress. As we learn more, though, it becomes clear that Sterling is deeply wounded, harboring secrets and reasons for why he feels he cannot commit his heart to anyone. Frannie, too, has secrets from her past that make her feel like she cannot ever truly give or receive love, other than to the orphans that she rescues or to the "lads" that she grew up with.
    Susan Erikson does a great job narrating this story. The developing relationship between Frannie and Sterling literally brought tears to my eyes a few times. Such a great listen! Only one more left in the series... Bittersweet, indeed.

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