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Becca

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  • One Lucky Vampire: Argeneau Vampires, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Jack Dupont
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (350)
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    (350)

    When Nicole Phillips agreed to hire a housekeeper, she pictured someone a little frumpy and almost certainly female. Instead, she gets gorgeous, unmistakably male Jake Colson. The man is proving indispensable in the kitchen - and everywhere else. Except Jake might not be a mortal man at all. Who wouldn't want to be a tall, dark, powerful vampire? Jake, for one. He's barely had time to adjust to his new state before he's roped into a family favor.

    Malinda says: "Really good addition to the series :D"
    "Another Hot Vampire"
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    First let me say that I love Lynsay Sands and this whole series. I was, however, a bit disappointed by the slow movement of the first half of this book. I kept wanting the characters to get on with it already! The second half was much better and more up to Sand's standards and reputation. I'm still glad I read this book and cannot wait for more to come!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Bottom: Tristan & Danika, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By R. K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen, Sarah Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (282)

    Their love had the power of a runaway freight train, and the potential to be just as destructive. The tempestuous sequel to Bad Things picks up where the first book left off. Reeling from a profound loss, Tristan and Danika struggle to pick up the pieces and build a life together, but the hard habits of a lifetime are not so easy to escape. Rock Bottom takes us on a dual point of view journey through addiction and desire, through love and agony, and answers the question we've been asking since these characters were introduced in Grounded.

    karen says: "Rock Bottom - One F***ed up Mess"
    "NICE FOLLOWUP TO IN FLIGHT SERIES"
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    In my opinion, this series is a nice follow-up to the In Flight series, but it is just that -- a follow-up. Without the threads of curiosity spun in the first series, I'm not sure I would like this series very much. It's a bit slow moving - repeating common themes over and over. I kept wanting to fast forward to get to the part mentioned in the In Flight series and to the good parts I was hoping would come. Additionally, the narration was a bit off. Sarah Naughton's impression of Tristan's voice and intonation was weird to me. She made him seem almost too young and careless when he was, in fact, a very intense character. Perhaps it would have been better if Lilley would have kept the same narrator for all books which shared characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Things: Tristan & Danika #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By R.K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Sarah Naughton, Chris Ruen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (342)

    Danika hasn't had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier. One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given. She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise.

    karen says: "Gosh who could resist? Not me !!"
    "NICE FOLLOWUP TO IN FLIGHT SERIES"
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    In my opinion, this series is a nice follow-up to the In Flight series, but it is just that -- a follow-up. Without the threads of curiosity spun in the first series, I'm not sure I would like this series very much. It's a bit slow moving - repeating common themes over and over. I kept wanting to fast forward to get to the part mentioned in the In Flight series and to the good parts I was hoping would come. Additionally, the narration was a bit off. Sarah Naughton's impression of Tristan's voice and intonation was weird to me. She made him seem almost too young and careless when he was, in fact, a very intense character. Perhaps it would have been better if Lilley would have kept the same narrator for all books which shared characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1448)
    Performance
    (1331)
    Story
    (1345)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Katheryne says: "HHHOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTT!"
    "LEFT UNCERTAIN"
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    As the book ended, I was left a little uncertain of my feelings. Did I like it? Was it a good book? How did I feel exactly? Well I will say that I read previous reviews and knew in advance that it was a steamy listen with little actual plot activity, but I didn't gamble on there to be NO plot activity until the very end. I gave the book 4 stars all the way around because it was well-written and the narration was good. I'm disappointed because the storyline had potential - lots of potential, but fell short.

    If you're looking for a quick, steamy listen with no real emotion or activity outside quick sex, then this is a good book for you. If you're looking for depth, keep looking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undeclared: The Woodlands, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jen Frederick
    • Narrated By Connor Kelly-Eiding, Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    For four years, Grace Sullivan wrote to a Marine she never met, and fell in love. But when his deployment ended, so did the letters. Ever since that day, Grace has been coasting, academically and emotionally. The one thing she's decided? No way is Noah Jackson - or any man - ever going to break her heart again.

    KH says: "Swoon"
    "INTRIGUING"
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    I wish this book had been longer. I wish that there had been more relationship building tension. I say this not as a criticism, but because I liked this book. I liked the pace. I liked the storyline. I liked it so much, I wish there would have been more.

    The plot was a great once. Girl writes to boy but never meets him. Troubled boy stops communicating but eventually seeks her out once not so troubled. Sexual tension. Stubbornness. I mean, there was just a lot of ways the author could have written this and she did an awesome job. This wasn't a tawdry romance. It was sweet and the romance progressed at a comfortable pace considering the pair's history. I'd just have liked their getting to know one another again phase to have been plumped up a bit more -- extended perhaps. I think I'd have also been happier with the female character being a bit older. I have a hard time relating to female characters under 25 or so when it comes to this type of romance because I remember how easily romances can fade when you're in your early 20s. I feel like a safer age for this type of "everlasting" romance is after 24-25 when college is over and the life planning stage officially begins. Just a personal preference though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (765)
    Performance
    (715)
    Story
    (713)

    I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

    Lilian says: "Such a DISAPPOINTMENT!!!"
    "EXCITING AND SEXY"
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    This was a fast-paced, sexy read. If you like alpha men similar to Gideon Cross and Christian Gray then you'll like this book. It's not a Dom/Sub book but there is some bondage and a definite dominant feel about the male hero. The only negative thing I would say about the book is that the plot does revolve around sex and there really isn't a world outside the two main characters and their desire. Of course, the book doesn't lead you to believe there was ever any intention of a bigger plot so the reader isn't really all that disappointed. Also, there were times when I felt Valentine crossed into "creepy" territory. I don't think this was the author's intention. I think perhaps it was the word choice and perhaps the way the narrator interpreted how the words were said or actions were taken.

    Overall, it was a good book. I don't regret the credit. Narration could have been a bit better at times, but overall good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Selling Scarlett: A Love Inc. Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ella James
    • Narrated By Jim Steele, Simone Lewis
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Follow Elizabeth - code-named Scarlett - to the lush Nevada brothel where she'll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that's not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil's mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost her life.

    Becca says: "THE POSSIBILITIES WERE ENDLESS"
    "THE POSSIBILITIES WERE ENDLESS"
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    As I finished the book, I was left with the thought that this book had the potential to be extraordinary, but instead it was just....normal. The first 4 hours or 9 chapters kind of dragged and there was actually very little interaction between the two main characters which was a bit annoying. Perhaps this is because the author was setting the stage for a series. I think the biggest problem was that the characters kept talking about their chemistry but I didn't really "feel" the chemistry. The author meant there to be a lot of sexual tension between the characters, but I didn't really get a solid feeling for this and my stomach never clenched with angst or suspense or hope or anything like in other books similar to this one. I think the book had amazing potential, but it just didn't follow through all that well. The narration was a bit odd also. I'm not quite sure how because both narrators were good -- I just didn't feel any emotion from them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing Steel: Cyborg Seduction, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (299)

    Steel is beyond irritated when he is maneuvered into ownership of a fragile human female. She’s not nearly big enough to handle his size or strength, yet she’s determined to get him into bed - into her. Steel realizes just what this little female is capable of when he awakens, chained to his bed, with her riding his very turned-on body. For a man who prides himself on his unyielding control, Steel soon finds Rena stripping him of it an inch at a time.

    Kd says: "Great romance, sex, and believable alien world"
    "SciFi Romance"
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    Let me begin by yelling out "I LOVE LAURANN DOHNER!" Amazing writer with loads of talent and imagination. I will read anything she writes just because I know her writing skills won't disappoint.

    This being said, this series has been hard for me to grow comfortable with. Not sure why. At first I thought it was the half-cyborg thing that bothered me -- sex with machines is kind of creepy. After I thought about it I realized that, no, this wasn't what bothered me. I LOVE the New Species series almost to the point of infatuation, after all and they are half animal. I think what bothered me was the lack of open respect for women (human women in the book) and the callus way the cyborgs demand ownership and dominance of the women they capture. The books are well written, steamy, and the end relationships are loving but I think the part of me raised to be a strong, independent, and free woman is agitated by some of the more callously dominant moves. I'm all for strong, dominant male characters, but I like them to be more suave than callus. This is a personal preference and does not at all take away from Dohner's magic.

    If you like SciFi romance then I'd suggest giving it a whirl. It's different and you may find you love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burning Up Flint: Cyborg Seduction, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Mindy Kennedy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (364)

    Flint is tall, gorgeous and dangerous. He’s a cyborg - the absolute ultimate alpha male. He takes what he wants and holds what is his. Mira is his now. He takes her aboard his ship and has her branded with his mark. He captured her, owns her, and she will serve his every need. Mira is instantly drawn to Flint, fascinated by his seductive appeal. The sex between them is smoking hot. Until she finds out he is a breeder, contracted to a dozen cyborg women, and she is no more than a possession.

    Dave says: "Sci-Fi-normal Romance"
    "SciFi Romance"
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    Let me begin by yelling out "I LOVE LAURANN DOHNER!" Amazing writer with loads of talent and imagination. I will read anything she writes just because I know her writing skills won't disappoint.

    This being said, this series has been hard for me to grow comfortable with. Not sure why. At first I thought it was the half-cyborg thing that bothered me -- sex with machines is kind of creepy. After I thought about it I realized that, no, this wasn't what bothered me. I LOVE the New Species series almost to the point of infatuation, after all and they are half animal. I think what bothered me was the lack of open respect for women (human women in the book) and the callus way the cyborgs demand ownership and dominance of the women they capture. The books are well written, steamy, and the end relationships are loving but I think the part of me raised to be a strong, independent, and free woman is agitated by some of the more callously dominant moves. I'm all for strong, dominant male characters, but I like them to be more suave than callus. This is a personal preference and does not at all take away from Dohner's magic.

    If you like SciFi romance then I'd suggest giving it a whirl. It's different and you may find you love it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (486)

    Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

    Donna Thomas says: "Great Story"
    "TENSION BUILDING ROMANCE"
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    Fiore does a great job weaving a suspense-filled romance with lots of twists and turns. The story stays interesting and complex until the end. A few things: I understand the reasons why Trace's character needs to be a ruthless jerk at times -- the reasons he does what he does for the plot's sake. I also understand that Ember is the heroine who is written to rescue the broken Trace. I was, however, a little disappointed that she accepted the verbal slaps he dealt so easily and she ran back to him so readily. Perhaps he strength comes from her ability to forgive so openly, but seriously, Trace really REALLY deserved to be smacked for some of the stunts he pulled. The wonderful thing was that the story was so well written that I personally felt those verbal slaps Trace dealt. Perhaps this is why I was so offended when Ember ran back so easily.

    Great story. Glad I added it to my library.

    The narrator: She wasn't bad. She wasn't my favorite. Her narration will not prevent me from buying the next book if she narrates it (which she does), but I won't search out other books specifically because of her narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Starting Over: Starting Over Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Evan Grace
    • Narrated By Nikki Diamond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Six years ago she seduced him, but a realization had him turning his back on her and became the cause of her long exodus. But with her brother's imminent deployment Bellamy knows she's bound to see him. Luke Carter made the mistake of crossing a line he never should've crossed six years ago...He knows he's the reason why Bellamy avoids home, and with her coming back home he's hoping to make things right.

    J.C. says: "Horrible narration. Couldn't finish the audiobook."
    "Are we running a race?"
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    This was great story, but unfortunately the narrator was really distracting. I swear she didn't breathe! She read so quickly that in the beginning I checked my audible settings to make sure I didn't have it set to read at a faster rate. At times I couldn't tell which character was speaking because everything was so jumbled by the speed.

    I think this book would benefit from a new narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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