Real, gritty, and passionate
She was able to convey and bring true emotions of this story to light
Get your tissues ready for this one!
It wouldn't be a Megan Hart book, if it didn't tear your heart to shreds and leave a trail of tissues in it's wake. She writes the kinds of books that most authors are to scared to write. They are deep, thought provoking, and most of all real! And if you only read books that contain Happily Ever After endings, she probably isn't the book for you. TEAR YOU APART isn't your standard romance novel, but at it's core this is a story about love and connections.
From the outside, Elizabeth has it all. She been married to successful man for over 20 year. She has beautiful twin daughters in college. And she has a job and a boss that she really likes. But when you really start to scratch the surface, you find husband who completely takes his wife for granted. It took sexy, exciting photographer Will walking in Elizabeth's life for her to figure this all out. There is a poignant quote sums up this book very well.
"See," Will says, "You never know how thirsty you are until someone offers you something to drink."
Elizabeth's husband wasn't awful, just neglectful. It was the standard not fixing the sink, leaving dirty clothes on the floor, and not paying attention to his wife. Over the years Elizabeth had fallen out of love with her husband. The attention Will paid to her, made her feel alive again. When these two get together, it's electric. Both carried a lot of emotional baggage with them, but found ways to carve out space in their life for each other. There is excitement, passion, and deep feelings, but is it enough?
Words can't truly express how much I love this book. It's honest, gritty, and passionate. I love that Megan gave Elizabeth synaesthesia. It was a brilliant way to add another layer for the reader to experience. This book was just a ball of emotions for me. One moment it was fast and exciting, and the next it was raw and tragic. Most of all, this book was real to me. Would I have like to have a HEA ending? Of course I would, but that just wouldn't have felt true to the story. Megan Hart isn't known for tying up her stories with neat little bows, but I enjoy her writing more for it!
Narrator Karen White, really brought this story to life. It take a truly talented narrator to bring voice to the emotional roller coaster that is a Megan Hart book. She created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tend to forget she is reading all of the parts. I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!
I would recommend this book to anyone who's not looking for your typical, generic love story. This story did brake my heart, and I love it because of how deep it made me feel. I've already recommended TEAR YOU APART to several of my friends. I can wait for the next Megan Hart adventure!
The glimpses of Alex we were given in DARE TO LOVE, drive me to pick up DARE TO DESIRE immediately. There is nothing I love more them a cocky, athletic, bad boy. It's a character flaw, I know. I can't help myself. I also loved his interactions with Riley. He couldn't have been all bad, seeing how much he cared for her as they grew up. I really enjoyed pealing back the layers of Alex's character, and seeing past the face he gave the world. He was willing to make amends for past bad decisions. I was really touched by the person Alex become. I liked Alex in the first book, but I really fell in love with in this one!
Madison is absolutely amazing and resilient! She wasn't so lucky growing up. She had to fight hard for to get where she is today. I was very impressed that she had made a career helping kids have a better life then she had. It took so much for her to let Alex back into her life. And I really enjoyed how she made him really work for it. He was able to give her the emotional support that she greatly needed in her life.
Sophie Eastlake's narration of this book really made Carly Phillips' world come to life. She has a deep, sultry quality to her voice that lends well to this genre. Her character voices were distinct and clear. And her pace and phrasing we spectacular. The emotions that she brought to this story, made this a truly enjoyable listen for me.
DARE TO DESIRE brought together a wonderful mix of heat and heart. Although this was a short audiobook, I felt that author really took the time fully flush out the characters. I loved how this book was really about second chances. I also think the storyline in DARE TO DESIRE, took the emotional depths even further then DARE TO LOVE. I really grew to care about these two, and the rest of the Dare family. I just wished that we had gotten more of their pre-injurey relationship. I can't wait for the next installment in this series!
I got a new Night Prince novel, so I jump up and down in fan-girl joy. Jeaniene Frost and Tavia Gilbert are probably on of my favorite author/narrator combos EVER! Jeaniene's beautiful storytelling and Tavia's emotional delivery, really pack a very powerful audible punch. I recommend this series, and it's connecting series to all of my friends.
I really enjoyed how Leila and Vlad have become more comfortable in their relationship. I mean Vlad's is still slightly controlling, I mean he is still Vlad. But he takes steps to let Leila make some of her own decisions. These two are on more of the same level, because Leila's power and strength have grown dramatically. I love how Leila is probably the only person that stands up to Vlad. And that he finally lets her know how much she really means to him. I think I feel even more in love with Vlad in this book. He showed a more sensitive site of himself.
This series is really driven by it characters. I love the reoccurring cast from Jeaniene's other series. Any chance that I get to have more Bones, Kat, and Mencheres, is a real treat for me. I also really enjoyed Maxinus' storyline. I spent most of the book trying to figure out his game plan. As soon as I decided that I hated him, he would turn around and do something to counterbalance that. He has such an interesting history with Vlad, and the ending was emotional for me. And as much as Leila's sister annoys the living crap out of me, I was very happy to see that Leila was able to reconnect with her family.
Tavia Gilbert's performance really takes this BOUND BY FLAMES to the next level. This series could have been a very complicated read for most narrators. It's full of all kinds of varying emotions, and characters with extremely different and difficult accents. She pulls it off like a pro! Her mastery of the diverse accents was superb. Tavia is the Night Prince series! Her voices created such a vivid picture in my head, that it sounds like a movie. Her pace and dictation are astonishing. She is a real pro, and a "must listen" narrator for me!
This story was extremely fast paced, heartbreaking, and full of soul stealing love. It really kept me on my toes. I enjoyed how Jeaniene wasn't afraid to take the story to another level. There were scenes that just completely broke me into pieces. The book does contain some graphic scenes, and isn't for the faint for heart. This series get better with every book! So I am super excited that the powers that be, have decided that we'll get one more book in this series. I will be waiting very impatiently. This series is a must read for those looking for in-depth PNR world building and emotionally charged characters! If you haven't read Jeaniene's Cat and Bone's series, I recommend would starting there first.
Meddling mothers might just be the biggest thing that chief Lia Mantovani and real estate mogul Adam Kelly have in common. The two mothers decided to trick Lia into cooking an marvelous, authentic Italian dinner for Mrs. Kelly and her boys. They hoped that Lia would find a love match with one of the Kelly boys. After meeting Lia and trying her amazing cooking, Adam isn't sure which he like more her flavorful food or her sexy body. Sparks fly between these two from the very beginning. To get away from the prying eyes of their family, they decide to escape on the Kelly family boat. Then things escalate quickly, until the two are interrupted by passerby.
Adam's having one heck of a week. He meets this amazingly interesting women, while also working on a deal to bring world famous chef, Amadeus Schlittler, into one of his Chicago properties. To bad the only place chef Schlittler is willing to set up a restaurant, is right where Lia's restaurant is currently located. Adam had no idea that he held the lease for Lia's restaurant space, until he walked in with eviction papers. Now that's the way to a women's heart! Adam and Lia have two big even bigger problems. He isn't the kind of man that mixed business with pleasure, and she isn't the kind of women who would rely on man.
I picked up this book expecting a light hearted, run-of-the-mill contemporary romance, but this book was anything but cookie cutter! Although this was a short audiobook, the author took the time to create rich characters and storylines that hooked me in. I fell in love with Lia and Adam right off the bat, and their chemistry heated up my headphones. I liked how Adam was this confident, powerful male, but he didn't feel the need to control Lia. And I love how Lia had so much passion for her cooking, that she wouldn't let anyone get in the way. Both characters made mistkes, but over all they were good people. I loved how both characters were smart, talented, driven, and family oriented. From the outside they seemed so different, but underneath it all they were very similar. They both went about doing things in very different ways, which lead to many of their misunderstandings and miscommunications. I really enjoyed the sweet HEA ending in this book.
I will admit, that the biggest reason I picked up this audiobook was fact that the narrator was Therese Plummer. She my might just be my all-time favorite female narrator. When it comes to narrating romance titles, she has a magic touch. Her voice had a sweet tone to it, that lends well to this genre. She has a wonderful ability to give such an emotional performance, that totally captures the listeners attention. Therese takes the time to give each character their own very specific voice. Not to mention that she creates such wonderful male voices, that the audiobook almost sounds like it has narrated by a male and a female. I got so lost in her fantastic performance that finished this audiobook in one day!
Overall, THE SWEETEST SEDUCTION had a lot of heart for such a short book. The storyline kept me hooked from the first chapter. This was a smart contemporary romance, with deep characters and great dialogue. This first book in the Kelly Brothers series, sets the readers up for a real treat. I can't wait to see what kid of mischief Adam's brothers have in store for us. If you're looking for new romance series, with a spectacular narrator, this is the one for you!
***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review***
DARE TO LOVE isn't your standard fluffy shallow contemporary romance! This storyline was filled with complex charters, unique plot twists, and great dialogue. I really appreciated the familial connections woven within this story. I enjoyed that it had a nice balance of heated sexual encounters and actual storyline. For me, this was the hottest Carly Phillips book by far! I felt the author did an amazing job squeezing so much storyline in such a short book.
At it's core this is a story about strong characters overcoming great obstacles. I absolutely adored Riley. She's smart, driven, and full of heart. With her tragic childhood full of abuse, I was so happy to see her find happiness as an adult. And Ian is a swoon-worthy, Alpha male, with sensitivity just lying under the surface. After learning about his history, I completely understood where he was coming from. He was unwilling to lead the type of life that his father had. Learning that made me love him even more. I felt that their romance came on some what quickly, but their connection was steamy from their first meeting. I think that these two complemented each other very well, even though these two have such different backgrounds. These two are quite a pair. Ian would push Riley, and she would push right back at him.
I also enjoyed getting to know Ian's family. I can't wait until Alex gets his time in the spotlight. There is nothing like a cocky, sexy athlete. I love that this series centers around the Dare extended family. These siblings might have come from broken homes, but I really enjoyed their journey in the book. And how could you not love Ian's mother! She is such a strong role model for her children.
As always, Sophie Eastlake really delivered in this book. She has the perfect sultry voice to pull off this seductive audiobook. There are a few female narrators out there that can do male voices, as well as Sophie. I think she did a fantastic job with Ian. She captured his sexy, authoritative tone exquisitely. Her inflection and dictation are outstanding. And she really brought the story to life for me.
This book was a smart and sexy read. I enjoyed the cleaver dialogue and extremely interesting characters. It was a great audiobook to lose myself in for a couple hours. DARE TO LOVE sets up the rest of the series very well. I can't wait to read more about Ian's siblings and step-siblings! This was a very quick read for me, and I can't wait to get my hands on DARE TO DESIRE. This is a must read for those looking for a fast-paced, steamy romance!
***Audiobook was provided by the publisher in trade for a fair review***
I want to start out by saying, this is possible one of the best Erotic Romance audiobooks, that I have ever listened to! CD Reiss grabbed from the first chapter, and I just couldn't let it go. Her characters are smart, snarky, and sexy as hell. But most of all, they felt real. They are far from perfect, and carry enough baggage to sink a small ship. I couldn't help, but become emotionally invested in these characters lives. I didn't want to put this audiobook down. I devoured it in just a matter of days.
I loved digging deep down into Monica's character. She's just so smart, talented, and driven. I really appreciate that she allows herself to be dominated, with out becoming a needy, whiny, annoying girl. And Jonathan can be dominate in the sack, without being a controlling jerk in public. I like how upfront he is with her. He tells her what he can handle emotionally, and lets her decide if she can live with that or not. The electricity between these two is evident right from the start. These two really go through a very emotional journey in sequence one.
Unlike other books in the genre, I think that the author really took the time to make this story authentic. She had a totally fresh take on Erotic Romance. These characters are tragically broken, and the story is all the better for it. I'm so happy that CD Reiss didn't let the sex overwhelm the book, even though it's amazing. The story allowed the characters to be fully flushed out. And the reader is allowed to crawl around inside these characters heads.
Jo Raylan's narration of this book was spot on! She had a deep, sultry quality to her voice that lends well to the story. She was able to capture the profound emotional nature of the storyline. Also, she created distinct voices for each of the characters, so much that I tended to forget she is reading all of the parts herself. I was moved to tear by this story, and I think that was largely do to Jo's amazing performance. Not to mention she handled the singing parts of the audiobook very well. That has to be terrifying, for someone who's first job isn't as singing. I will absolutely pick up books narrated by her in the future!
I really appreciate that this author released Parts 1-3 as one audiobook. I felt that the three individual stories flowed so naturally, that it reads like one complete book. Plus, I love that I got to devour three parts all at once. I cannot wait for the second sequence, because the first left me begging for more. This is a must read for those who are looking for little more substance in their Erotic Romance. Bravo CD Reiss and Jo Raylan on creating an truly emotion audio experience!
The way that Amanda made Molly's book come to life!
Probably, Molly Harper's Half-Moon Hollow series. I think that Molly Harper has such a unique voice. She's able to balance wit, humor, and the paranormal.
Amanda Ronconi is the voice of Molly Harper for me! When I read Molly's books, I can almost her Amanda's narration. She has an amazing ability to make the character jump right off the page. She gives each character it's own voice and personality. Amanda helped guide the listener through this roller coaster of emotions, like I believe no one else could.
For sure! I listened to it every free moment I had.
The story is a nice blend of humor, heart, and heat! Great characters back up and unique storyline. If you love witty romance, Molly Harper is your girl! I just hope she doesn't wait so long for the next installment of her Naked Werewolf Series.
I loved that Richelle Mead decided to let Adrian tell some of the story from his side! He's the entire reason that I started reading this series.
She is fantastic, as always! I wouldn't think twice about buying audiobooks she narrates.
Listing to the male narrator made me want to stab my ears with sharp items. He is one of the worst narrators that I have ever listen to. No inflection, no emotion, no change in character voices. It almost ruined the entire book for me. I had to force myself to listen to his chapters.
I feel that Audible should have listed the male narrator along with Emily Shaffer on the description page. I feel a bit cheated. If the series continues with this male narrator, I probably will stop purchasing them.
All Kaylee Cavanaugh wanted to do was go to the mall with her best friend, and plot the demise of her recent ex-boyfriend. Unfortunately, something strange and dark will keep Kaylee from enjoying her shopping trip. This isn???t one of Kaylee standard anxiety attacks, and the only way to release the pain is to scream! After blacking out, she wakes to find that she has been strapped to a bed in mental health ward of the local hospital. Kaylee is confused by what she saw at the mall, and everyone seems to think that she has a mental breakdown.
I loved seeing Kaylee as a somewhat average teenager. All she really worried about was school and how to get back at he ex-boyfriend. She is almost carefree, in comparison to Kaylee once she finally understands what and who she is. You get to see glimpses of the strong character that she will become throughout the series.
It was great to see Kaylee???s best friend Em, as well. I just adore her most of all, because she sticks with Kaylee through thick-and-thin. They have such a sweet, innocent friendship at this point in the story. We also get to see Nash in his all is alpha, jock glory. I would have like to see just a little interaction between Kaylee and Nash, but that is probably me just being greedy.
Amanda Ronconi???s narration of MY SOUL TO LOSE was spot on! I find that it???s hard to listen to most YA audiobooks, because they narrator either sound to old or far to young. Amanda was able to convey everything from the light-hearted mood in the beginning to the despair Kaylee felt towards the end of the book.
My only complaint about this audiobook, is the fact that is ended so quickly. I really thought there should be just a little more. Other then that, I really enjoyed this audiobook prequel. It was great to take a look back and see how it all started. It was fun to see a Kaylee not so burden down with problems of the world on her shoulder. MY SOUL TO LOSE was a great introduction to the Soul Screamers world and it's characters.
Rachel has an amazing knack for building unique fictional worlds. In a sea of carbon copy urban fantasy series, Blood Bound is a breath of fresh air. Her writing is both multifaceted and brilliant! Overall, Blood Bound is a dark and seductive thrill ride. I found myself getting pulled in the Rachel's Unbound world, and not wanting to leave. I enjoyed untangling the web that is Blood Bound!
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