Oxford, New Zealand | Member Since 2011
This is a fairly enjoyable and non-taxing story following Natalie, a woman who has given up on the notion of ever falling in love, and emotionally damaged ex-Navy SEAL Dade. There is a little suspense in this story - Dade is trying to find his missing foster brother 'Red' who has gone missing from Natalie's bed and breakfast in the quaint town of Cupid. It was pretty easy to spot the bad guys very early on, and the story concentrates mainly on the emotions between the two main characters (while also introducing other characters who we will likely hear more of later!).
The narrator is ..interesting. I initially was reluctant to download this book because the sample has C J Critt sounding like Captain Kirk from the old tv series in her delivery of lines. Her delivery smooths out the further we go in the book (or maybe I just got used to it?) and by the end I was rather enjoying her narration. Worth a credit? I'm on the fence with this one. While I'll likely seek out the next in the series when it is available, there are other writers who would take priority for my precious credit!
When I purchased this, I was expecting a straight forward suspense romance. I was surprised when I found that the Omega Force team Kell belongs to had some 'shifter' members. I suppose given Susannah Sandlin's other wonderful books I should have expected this, but the summary gave no indication so I did have a 'what the heck?' moment before I got sucked in to the excellent story. Alexander Cendese has a wonderfully deep reading voice. His female voices were a little jarring at the beginning, but by the end of the story they felt perfectly smooth. Thoroughly recommended!
Midnight Angel is the third in the 'Midnight' Trilogy, (Midnight Man, Midnight Run, Midnight Angel). This was my favourite of the three and follows Allegra Ennis and Douglas Kowalski who are both introduced in Midnight Run. Events during all three books overlap and while reading all three in order will give you a better feel for the story overall, it isn't strictly necessary. I adore the way Lisa Marie Rice writes her male leads as super tough alpha males. However, beware! It is possible to overdose on her books to the point where the plots basically are the same (tough Alpha male meets tiny beautiful female who is in some sort of dangerous situation which he then solves using his vast experience from his previous military career). They are, however, books I'm happy to read/listen to more than once provided I allow a decent gap between repeats! Alexandra R Josephs is a brilliant narrator. Her husky male voice is perfect for the male leads in this series and I'd happily listen to her again. Thoroughly recommended!
As a huge fan of Lisa Marie Rice, I was delighted to see more of her work come to Audible. Port of Paradise is a little bit different to that of Ms Rice's usual trilogy offerings but is still crammed full of romance, suspense, and hot steamy sex. Add to that a little bit of angst, and the result in an excellent listen. Hope has a history that makes her hate cops, but Capitano Franco Rivers is determined that she will be his (and seriously, who wouldn't want to be his!!). Jorjeana Marie is an excellent narrator that I'd not encountered before, but who I'd happily listen to again. Thoroughly recommended.
I've spent the entire weekend listening to the two available Ghost Ops books, and I'm almost bouncing up and down in eagerness for the next instalment. Book 2 is about Nick and Elle, who knew each other as children. Miscommunication has resulted in their separation for ten years, but when Nick discovers Elle is in trouble he instantly wants to rescue her. Ms Rice has done some mighty fine writing with this book allowing me to live all the angst and anxiety the two main protagonists experience in the first half of the book. The second half is action filled and paves the way to the next instalment that I'll be getting just as soon as it is available!
It wasn't absolutely necessary to read the first book in this series to understand what was going on in this one, but I would fully recommend them being read in sequence. Secondary characters in Haven also get some story time which was a nice inclusion. Seraphine Valentine continues to narrate brilliantly. All in all, 5 out of 5! (Please do bring us more of Ms Rice's offerings - I have them all on my Kindle already, but I'd love to listen to them too!)
Lisa Marie Rice was one of the first authors I ever paid for when I got my first Kindle and I've never been disappointed with any of her offerings. While her writing is fairly formulaic (strong alpha male, often in a team of three with one being scared in some fashion, meeting up with a seemingly fragile but strong willed woman), her books are always enjoyable. This story follows that premise and is set in a future world in which drugs that can wipe a persons memories back a few days are available, and the cure for cancer has been found but hidden away by an unethical 'baddie'. Enter Catherine, a brilliant doctor, who is compelled by her gift to seek out 'Mac', a disgraced soldier in hiding, and share a message with him warning of impending danger.
As I mentioned, I'm a little biased when it comes to Ms Rice (I think her writing is wonderful and her biography at Amazon makes me giggle every time I read it), but I'm very happy to have spent a credit on this story. I hadn't heard Seraphine Valentine's narration before, but enjoyed it (despite sometimes cringing at her 'surfer dude' voice). There is another Ghost Ops Novel available, which I'll be listening to next and I can only hope that Audible will soon release other books written by Lisa Marie Rice.
I've long been a fan of Lexi Blake and Shayla Black, so I was delighted to see Their Virgin Captive come to Audible. Their Virgin Captive follows the relationship between Hannah and her three bosses Gavin, Slade and Dex who are brothers. The story is very unrealistic - all three brothers have wanted Hannah since the moment they set eyes on her and abduct her in order to protect her when she is pursued by a stalker (who is fairly easy to identify early on in the book). Having said that, it is enjoyable romance mixed with a healthy dose of angst and also contains a lot of explicit (and steamy) sexual encounters between Hannah and the brothers (both individually and together).
Serena Daniels handled the narration well, and I'd be happy to listen to her narrate the other books in this series. I'd have been happy to spend a credit on this, but as I already had the Kindle edition, I snapped it up at a reduced cost and saved the credit. Please bring us more Blake/Black books, Audible!
The third book in the Bone Secrets series follows Michael Brody and his investigation of disappearance of his brother twenty years ago. There are some surprising twists in this story which I didn't see coming and the narration by Luke Daniels was superb. Whilst this is the third book in the series, there is no need to read those other two (but they are both very good too!). I'd have happily spent a credit on this book, but took advantage of the nice low price of $1.99 by buying the Kindle book too. Recommended!
Midnight Sacrifice carries on from Midnight Exposure and follows Danny Sullivan (brother to the main character in the first book) and his endeavours to bring closure for his sister who is still traumatised by her kidnapping. His love interest is Mandy Brown, a woman who has secrets that she needs to keep in order to protect her family. While enjoyable, the story was very predictable and I was able to guess the 'secret' baddie very early on. It also seems that there will be a third book in this series, as another Sullivan brother is introduced during this, together with his likely love interest. Worth a credit? No. It was, however, worth the reduced price I got it for when purchased together with the Kindle edition.
After a troubled past, Jayne is in search of a photo opportunity with a reclusive wood sculptor to help support her family when medical debts pile up. What she finds is a brooding ex-cop, a new stalker and the mystery of a celtic coin found under the body of a hiker. This is an enjoyable story, but not a memorable one. The narrator brings this story up to 4 stars for me and I'd happily listen to Scott Schumaker again. Worth a credit? No. The price is low enough to avoid the use of a credit, especially (at the moment) if you pay out for a Kindle Edition and take advantage of the special $1.99 cost.
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