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Felicia The Geeky Blogger

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  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (574)
    Story
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    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Overall this was an enjoyable book"
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    Bought on Audible
    Rating 3.5

    What I Loved: Sophie/Amy/Davey! Anytime two or more of the siblings were together it was fun, heart-warming, and always a surprise. I laughed, got sad, and got my heart strings pulled at many times. I also loved the character of Rachel and her quest to get out of Temptation. She reminded me a lot of most of the small town gals I know---they want out and don't want to look back. Her journey and quest to get out of town was surprising and fun. I adored all the Princess Bride and other movie references.

    What I Liked: The town of Temptation was full of interesting characters. I think they covered the gambit of personalities and made for some very funny moments. The overall story was well paced, well written, and very funny.

    Complaints: I just never warmed to Phin. For a leading man he was a little to arrogant for me right up until the end. I did enjoy the Amy/Wes story and almost wish they were the main couple in this book.

    Audio Review: The pacing was fantastic but the narration was a little too twangy for me. Overall though I did enjoy the reading of the book.

    Why I gave it a 3.5: Overall this was an enjoyable book but since I never warmed up to Phin it just didn't fill my "love story" quotient for a chic-lit romance novel.

    Who I would recommend it too: Chic-lit and Contemporary Romance readers. Please go check out the reviews on Goodreads--the book got a lot of 5's.

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  • Black Widow: Elemental Assassin, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (123)
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    (120)
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    There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill - and my murder to plan. With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Fun!"
    "Fun!"
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    Read from December 19 to 26, 2014

    Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.50

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thoughts when Finished: Black Widow by Jennifer Estep was another strong entry in Elemental Assassins series. The characters are still as bad*ss as ever. Also, I really dug the different way that this all "played" out in the end. MM was not my favorite villain in the series but I think she maybe was the craftiest. I was just happy that it appears Bria is finally ok with her sister (let's hope cause if not I am taking Finn back).

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang /Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins


    Once a series goes into automatic listen (which this is for me) I sound a bit like a broken record. However, let me state this again: Lauren nails Gin and Gang with the sass, brass, and southern of a narrator who just might really be an elemental assassin! She is that convincing :) So just listen to it already!

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, DONE! reviews

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  • It Takes a Witch: A Wishcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Heather Blake
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (154)

    Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail from a long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee deep in murder.Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them.

    Heather says: "Loved it!"
    "Fun!"
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    Read for Bookclub (DFWTea)(Kindle)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.25
    Character Rating: 3.75

    Audio Rating: 4.00

    First Thought when Finished: I am not sure where my original review of It Takes a Witch by Heather Blake went (this is a re-read for me) but it was fun coming back to the beginning of the series to refresh my memory of the sisters when they were new to town. Sometimes re-reads are just what hits the spot!

    Audio Thoughts: I thought Colleen was a good match for the characters and sassy-ness of the story :)

    Part of my Read It, Rate It, File It, Done Reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (43)
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    Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry, making her the most sought after heiress of the Season. But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her?

    Cam says: "When is the next book coming out?"
    "Enjoyed it!"
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    Listened for Book Club (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.00
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie Jordan was emotional, fun, and delightful! I really enjoyed this and look forward to the rest of the series.

    Audio Thoughts

    Narrated By Carmen Rose / Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins


    Carmen Rose did a pretty good job with A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin. I really did love her female voices and her male voices were good too. Her pacing and emotion were good too.

    Part of Read It, Rate It, File It, Done reviews

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch of the Day

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    Overall
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    Performance
    (283)
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    Maggie Beaumont's luck is about to change. Sure, she's known for her bad romantic choices-her former boyfriend broke up with her by bringing his new girlfriend home for a visit. And then there was the crush she had on a gorgeous young Irishman, who turned out to be Father Tim, the parish's new priest. But romantic salvation has arrived in the form of handsome, if surly, fisherman Malone. It turns out there's a heart of gold underneath his barnacle-clad exterior. Will this catch of the day turn into the dish of a lifetime?

    Kristin says: "Really great!!"
    "Fun Summer Listen"
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    Listened/Read for Fun (Physical Book/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 3.75
    Story Rating: 3.75
    Character Rating: 3.75

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of my overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Catch of the Day by Kristan Higgans was delightfully funny and a good summertime read! This was my second Kristan Higgans book and I have now moved her to my limited contemporary romance romance list. She makes me laugh.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Xe Sands / Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins


    Xe did a fantastic job with Catch of the Day. I had fun listening to her nail the humor and making me swoon.

    Part of the Read It, Rate It, File It, Done Reviews

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  • Burn for Me: A Hidden Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (257)
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    Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

    Ashley says: "Say It Ain't So...."
    "LOVED IT!"
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    Listened for Fun/Read for Review (Audible/Avon Addict)
    Overall Rating: 5.00
    Story Rating: 5.00
    Character Rating: 5.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00

    First Thought when Finished: Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews was just downright addictive. I enjoyed the action, the characters, and the world building. Can't wait till there is more!

    Narrator Thoughts: Renee Raudman and Ilona Andrews make a great team (because threesome just sounds naughty)! Renee nails their style of writing and brings the characters to life! BRAVO!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
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    Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

    Vinity says: "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
    "Loved Violet"
    Overall
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    Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.25
    Story Rating: 4.25
    Character Rating: 4.25

    Read It File It (short review): The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley has one of my favorite romance troupes: Man falls in love with woman because she creates things (mathematical or engineering)that impress him. This is especially true in Historicals where women were mostly trained to not show their smarts. I fell in love with Daniel awhile ago and loved seeing the "nosey" Mackenzie women. I do believe that Violet will fit right in :)

    A few more thoughts but they are spoiler in nature:

    [There is a troupe in this one that might not work for everyone but if you are a fan of the Mackenzie series then you know that at least one person in every couple is damaged. In this case, it is Violet. You may not like that she is a con-artist but she very much has her reasons. They are valid and I had no problem with her profession. However, it is something to note if you have a problem with dishonesty in a character. (hide spoiler)]

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by: Angela Dawe /Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins


    I am an Angela Dawe fangirl (I think y'all know that by now)! She totally nailed Violet and Daniel. Even though I read most of this book (I was out and about without my audiobooks), I made sure to listen to a couple of hours! I wish I could have spent the whole time with the audiobook!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Promise: Elemental Assassin, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (328)

    Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed "The Spider," she's a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There's a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name "Burn" sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

    Hassan says: "Don't Annoy The Spider!!"
    "Bria *sigh*"
    Overall
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 4.50
    Character Rating: 3.50

    Audio Rating: 5.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Loved the story in Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep but Bria needs to get over it already! Either accept your sister or move on.

    Story Thoughts:There was a whole lot of kicking ass in Poison Promise and I liked it. Drug King needed taking down: Gin's got it taking care of. New characters in the fold that could go either way: Gin's got that too. A whole lot of twists, turns, and snark: Gin can handle it. It was just another great adventure for Gin and crew!

    Character Thoughts: Let me be specific: every character was downright awesome except Bria. Seriously, I know it sucks that you are a cop and your sister is an assassin. Also, it sucks that she knows it is better for her to do things her way than you. JUST SUCK IT UP ALREADY. Can you tell she annoyed me a bit (or a lot) in Poison Promise? :)

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Lauren Fortgang / Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins


    If you haven't listened to Lauren narrate this series, you are seriously missing out.

    Final Thoughts: Ready for the next adventure because I think I have a new side boyfriend. Finn is still my main man!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (502)

    It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.

    Marci says: "Can I give it six stars?"
    "Not my favorite but still fun!"
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    Listened for Fun (Audible)
    Overall Rating: 3.75
    Story Rating: 3.50
    Character Rating: 4.00

    Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland was not my favorite in the series but it was still full of fun, snark, action, and Angel Goodness!

    Story Thoughts:First let me say this: The story did not suck. I have super high expectations cause Diana pretty much knocks it out of the park all the time. This time it just felt like I was waiting the whole book for something to happen and then felt more like it was a lead-in to the next book. Not that it is a bad thing but it just doesn't rank as my favorite in the series.

    Character Thoughts: Same kick ass characters, Same kick ass time! In fact, there were a few characters that I started to like a bit more than I had previously. BIG plus resolution of that relationship I don't like. However, I think we are circling back but I hope I am wrong--they make better friends.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Allison McLemore / Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins


    Allison pretty much rocks every time! She is an excellent fit for this series and I wouldn't "read" it any other way :)

    Final Thoughts: Angel has some big decisions in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Night: Dead of Night, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (186)

    Officers Fox and Hammond, along with journalist Billy Trout, are calling it the beginning of the end. This is the zombie apocalypse. An insane escaped serial killer is infecting Stebbins County with a deadly virus, and now the whole world is watching while Fox, Trout, and the remaining inhabitants of Stebbins fight for their life against - what? The undead? The President and the National Guard are ready to nuke Stebbins, PA off the map and cut their losses. But the infection is spreading and fast.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Simply Ear Candy"
    "Now I have PABD"
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    Read/Listened for Fun (Paperback/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 5.00
    Story Rating: 5.00
    Character Rating: 5.00

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry has given me PABD (Post Awesome Book Depression)!

    Story Thoughts: You know when a book just has you on edge THE ENTIRE TIME? Well that is me with this series. Even though I ultimately know where it is going because I have read most of the Rot and Ruin series. The path is still emotionally gutting. From seeing characters that I have heard about in the other series (Ledger and Imura) to the characters I already cared about from Dead of Night, I just care about everything they go through. This story made me cheer, cry, and cuss Jonathan Maberry just a little bit. When the last minute ticked away, I pretty much just sat there thinking: I am just not sure what I can follow this up with!

    Character Thoughts: These aren't your typical "lovable" characters but dammit I loved all of them. I just wanted to find them a safe place to go. I loved their passion, stamina, and will to live. I loved the chances that they took. The people that they mourned (because it is a zombie book y'all--people die). The love that they still managed to have! I particularly loved all their batshit crazy moments--though Dez just gotta say that taking a bath in steak sauce is not on my Zombie Apocalypse plan *snort*. Each character was unique and brilliantly written.

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated by: William Dufris /Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins


    Holy crap William Dufris was excellent. This makes me want to go back and listen to the first one which I originally read. His pacing, accents, emotion, and urgency were just the right pace for this story. I will definitely listen to him again in the future!

    Final Thoughts: PABD--I will try to fight through!

    NOTE: PABD was stolen (with permission) from Tara from 25 Hour Books. It stands for Post Awesome Book Depression when you are just not sure what to read after because this book was so awesome. I will soldier through but I am going to completely change genres. It is the only solution!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Night Unbound: Immortal Guardians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
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    For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. She dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for-and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him.

    Melanie says: "LEATHER PANTS AND WINGS! HOW COULD YOU GO WRONG!!!"
    "Loved the Romance!"
    Overall
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    Listened for Review/Purchased (Tantor/Audible)
    Overall Rating: 4.00
    Story Rating: 3.75
    Character Rating: 4.25

    Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)

    First Thought when Finished: I loved Lisette and Zach in Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall!

    Story Thoughts: Going to admit that I love the romance part of Night Unbound. It was refreshing that words like love and support were early (for romance) to raise their hand in this story. It made me fall in love with the romance more than I expected too. As for the forwarding of the overall arc of the series. I felt this was a bit of filler novel but important filler. A lot happened but we only moved forward a bit. That being said, at no point was I bored during listening to the story. It was well worth the time.

    Character Thoughts: Second admission: I liked Lisette in the previous books but I wasn't sure I could handle her as the lead in a full-length novel. I was wrong. In fact, it was a little frustrating when the story wasn't about her and Zach. I loved them together. Zach has always been swoon-worthy to me. He is one of those broken but healing characters I love to love. However, falling in love with them as a couple stunned but pleased me.

    Not writing spoilers but why you can't skip this: Two very important pieces of information come out during this book. Also if we don't find a way to save Cliff I am going to cry (that isn't a spoiler as he is infected but I say this every book since Bastian).

    Audio Thoughts:

    Narrated By Kirsten Potter / Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins


    This is a series that I will only listen to on audio. Kirsten + Dianne = great author/narrator pairing. Kirsten outdid herself this time--her numerous accents were dead on!

    Final Thoughts:Now counting down to the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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