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Leyla

Well it's 2014 & since 2010 I've listened to over 600 books - I'm a confectionary artist of Just Get Baked & audible helps my every day!

rock hill, SC, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • One Unashamed Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sophia James
    • Narrated By Simone Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Multiple award-winning author Sophia James pens scorching hot romances her eager fans devour. In One Unashamed Night, reclusive Lord Taris Wellingham shuns the possibility of intimate relationships. His traveling companion, 28-year-old Beatrice Maude Bassingstoke, on the other hand, doesn’t expect to attract a man as handsome as Taris. But when they are forced to spend the night together during a snowstorm, passion erupts between them as they lay in each other’s arms. And when the night ends, a new day of love dawns before them.

    Leyla says: "Wonderful!!! A++"
    "Wonderful!!! A++"
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    Would you listen to One Unashamed Night again? Why?

    Yes! A very pleasing story to the soul.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm torn between the two lead characters. Bea was so level headed and calm throughout, that it is was easy to step into her shoes and understand, and feel the emotions in every decision she made. Then there was Taris, to whom made an every day life seem so simple to those around him, yet you also felt the anguish in his every decision to help him get to the next step in life. Two very powerful characters living such afflicted lives - wonderful to follow!


    What does Simone Phillips bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator was wonderful. Very pleasing to follow each transition and I felt enveloped within the saga in the first five minutes. With listening to over 300 audiobooks over the last two years....that's a HUGE thing!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did! It was very powerful to me to have the step by step action flow within the story. I could feel the anguish, the happiness, the pain, the sorrow, and most of all, the passion without needing such explicit details that some stories feel necessary to paint their pictures. With this, the painting was made with delicate strokes, embellished to bring the emotions to the forefront of the moment and then receeding back to a broad, all-embracing structure built out to simply carry the charaters on to the next. Fun ride!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this story if you love historical romance. This is a very passionate story without the smut, but filled with all the necessary butterflies and warmth as needed to make a girl smile!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Ruffian says: "Applauds for Left Drowning"
    "Pretty intense!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Pretty intense, tragic lives and a hard road to peace. A little odd that the pieces didn't fall together sooner for the characters because it was pretty obvious in parts...but hey, I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (488)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "NEVER GIVE UP...NEVER!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Goodness...I hate to compare, but it was really hard not to invision the tragic dance with death that Bella did in the ...umm....famous vampire series that I shall not admit to listening/reading...tee hee. But It was really similar, a persons heart was broken, moving through life as a zombie....just going through the motions and WHAM....the past comes up and forces its way into the reality you've been trying to ignore. Although I find her bitchy stubborn side annoying and frustrating at times.....its all worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (510)

    “I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

    Tonya says: "Again, what a great story."
    "Can't wait for the 3rd -IT MUST WORK OUT!!!"
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    This one was really hard due to the additional turmoil the future holds. There's a bit of detachment that was weird, but SOOOOO many ups and down with kinks in a perfect plan that will definately keep you listening. Although..... the ending....oooohhhhh the ending......where's the third - NOW!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (835)
    Performance
    (773)
    Story
    (771)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Wow....just wow...."
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    Would you listen to Reason to Breathe again? Why?

    Absolutely


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did!


    Any additional comments?

    This was just the begining of a rollercoaster ride of emotions! Powerful topics in this series and it was a crazy trip. I wanted to strangle some people for being so cruel, some stupid decisions made me cringe, but some wonderful moments of bliss kept me listening. Loved it! Now on to the next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (742)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (692)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "MY FAVORITE ONE..love love the belly butterflies!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Before Jamaica Lane the most enjoyable?

    The passion was off the charts!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This one kept me listening non stop! It was a roller coaster of emotions.....nervous butterflies....crushing heatache, lustfilled antisipation and PASSION PASSION PASSION!!! Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    Yes please, may I have another!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall from India Place: On Dublin Street, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Chloe Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (284)

    Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco's life - something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they're meant to be together. But just when Marco thinks they're committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she's been hiding from him - a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Love the series!"
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    Would you try another book from Samantha Young and/or Chloe Lynn?

    Definately!


    Would you recommend Fall from India Place to your friends? Why or why not?

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this series and I loved Marco HOWEVER...I had a hard time with this one. I won't go into great details but Hanna was painted in my mind a particular way from the first three books, and I understand things that happen in life can and will change a person....however, sadly knowing exactly what she went through....I truly feel that a persons true being behind the hurt will still be there and shine through. Evven being guarded, and keeping to yourself, your entire being wont be witchy 24/7. Now, there were moments in the classroom that felt right, but anywhere else was hard to grasp. I really could not find the Hanna before anywhere. Even Joss, or Joe who had troubled pasts, had moment of kindness or had moment of clarity and the voice in their head to correct their bitchyness.....but not Hanna, well a few times that she would say it was unreasonable but was quick to say what ever, I'm bithcy anyways...it was weird......She stayed in a funk, was outwordly unkind, and extremly selfish with no remorse which I found very hard to grasp. I really wanted to hear Hanna & Marco's story but I think Samantha Young might have been in a rut or something. She kept repeating her selfish thoughts, just rewording it over and over...Hanna was simply witchy and unrealistic to the point I was really cursing her selfishness. Now, don't get me wrong I WILL CONTINUE TO THE NEXT BOOK ABSOLUTELY....but I really hope the characters dont continually "think" the same thing over and over and over and repeatedly react before asking for an explanation. I understand a few times to build angst, but geesh....things happened over and over and the reactions to them without clarification was causing me to turn it off for a bit simply out of irritation with the obvious. My biggest issue was the fact that at no point did anyone say "you never told"...that person.....and you continually are punishing them! Argh!I still love the series and the all the men! They do stupid things and the women are pretty idiotic at times but - thats all in a great series to keep you listening! Now on o the next!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Irresistibly: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (258)

    A former football star and one of Chicago's top prosecutors, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cade Morgan will do anything to nail a corrupt state senator, which means he needs Brooke Parker's help. As general counsel for a restaurant company, she can get a bug to the senator's table at one of her five-star restaurants so the FBI can eavesdrop on him. All Cade has to do is convince Brooke to cooperate-and he's not afraid to use a little charm, or the power of his office, to do just that.

    M. Davis says: "OK Book -"
    "Such a great series!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Although this one didn't have as much action from bad guys as the others-it was by no means a downer in the series! Great chapter for a character that was possibly frowned upon in the last book - a simply must to continue!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something About You: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (460)

    Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation - the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

    AudioAddict says: "My Favorite Romance Series (so far)"
    "AWESOME! Murder, mystery, heated checkered past..."
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    Any additional comments?

    Great listen! Had just enough mystery to a murder that was witnessed...sort of....
    What exactly did Cameron see and not see, does the killer know, can the FBI protect her while they search? But of all the questions.....why oh why did the FBI have to assign Jack to this case...of all cases...why does the man who told the world I had my head up my *bleep* have to be the one to keep my safety, and truly...will he even try?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nash: Marked Men, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Paula Costello, Tad Branson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life - especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down…and now he’s trying to do it again.

    Amazon Customer says: "Nash Nash Nash"
    "I CAN'T get enough of this series-LOVE IT!! A+++++"
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    Any additional comments?

    It's the world around us that helps to build the bridges over our past and simply lead us to a better future - Jay Crownover just keeps on building a bigger and better bridge throughout every chapter! I simply can't wait for the next book! Awesome story for Nash-love him! Keep them coming!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (409)

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "LOVED LOVED IT-HOT in all the right spots!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Jay Crownover has done a fabulous job building a complete, all-around world for us to live with these "marked"cuties! You can feel the heartache, power, angst, need & passion that their pasts have molded them with, and made them into the men they are now - and it's done sooooo well! Although these boys are "bad-boys" I have to applaud you Jay Crownover for not feeling the need to make the characters have such foul mouths, ones where they have to curse every ten minutes just because or make any of the hot love parts raunchy and just crass. You didn't do that because you didn't have to and Yay! So Thank You!!! Can't wait fo the rest of the series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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