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Karen

Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.

Oxford, New Zealand | Member Since 2011

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  • Midnight Sacrifice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Melinda Leigh
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    Four months ago, a ruthless murderer killed two people and kidnapped three more, including Danny Sullivan’s sister, who barely escaped. Unfortunately so did the killer, vanishing without a trace into the vast wilderness. When the police fail to find his sister’s captor, Danny returns to Maine to hunt him down. He begins his search with another survivor, bed-and-breakfast owner Mandy Brown, but her refusal to cooperate raises Danny’s suspicions.

    Karen says: "Midnight Sequel"
    "Midnight Sequel"
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Ash: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: She can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

    Karen says: "Second Book Better Than First!"
    "Second Book Better Than First!"
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    I've been looking forward to this book for months, ever since first discovering Forged by Fire. The publishing date was delayed several times, but finally we get to enjoy more Navy Seal action. And action, there certainly is!

    This book follows "Cosky" and Kait, but we also get some glimpses at Beth and Zane's relationship (from book one), as well as other secondary couples together with a hint of the relationship that could be in book three. The romance is secondary to the plot, however, and I was happy for it. Ms McCallan writes wonderful action scenes which kept me on the edge of my seat.

    Luke Daniels is a brilliant narrator for this. As much as I enjoyed Angela Dawe's reading of the first book, Luke Daniel is even better. Worth a credit? A big 'yes, indeedy!' from me. Don't dither! Go, buy now!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (198)

    Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He's looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she's looking for redemption. They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW! So good that I am upset volume 2 is not out.."
    "Disappointing Ending"
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    While I had read other reviews advising of a cliffhanger ending, I hadn't realized just how much of a cliffhanger it was. There is no resolution to this story, and having looked at reviews of the second book in this series it seems that the second book ends just as abruptly. To be honest, I just don't care enough about any of the characters in this book to worry about what happens next so I won't be bothering to read anymore. I did, however, enjoy Saskia Maarleveld's narration!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Force

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    When a bomb explodes inside a Houston high-rise and the governor of Texas goes missing in the ensuing melee, former army ranger Jack "Kell" Kellison and the Omega Force counterterrorism team are called into action. Their mission: infiltrate the activist group suspected of masterminding the bombing, neutralize the threat, and recover the hostage. Yet within moments of meeting his prime suspect, beautiful environmentalist Mori Chastaine, Kell knows she's innocent of the bombing - but definitely guilty of something.

    Karen says: "Suspense with a dash of fantasy"
    "Suspense with a dash of fantasy"
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    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    Her nightmares don't stop when she opens her eyes…In one night, talented musician Allegra Ennis lost her sight, her father and her career in a brutal attack she can't remember. Now she's alone in a world of darkness, her only company the nightmares in her head…and a killer is stalking her every move. Scarred and disfigured by war, tough former SEAL Douglas Kowalski never thought a beauty like Allegra could love someone like him. He doesn't expect more than a one-night stand. But when Allegra's life is threatened, Kowalski realizes he will do anything to keep her safe - and by his side.

    Karen says: "Best of the three 'Midnights'"
    "Best of the three 'Midnights'"
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    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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Port of Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    Hope Winston is in Italy running a school for her best friend, Kay Summers. But helping Kay has put her life in danger. Hope doesn't want protection and she doesn't want help. She doesn't want anyone, particularly not devastatingly sexy Capitano Franco Rivers, head of the elite anti-mafia squad. Hope hates cops. So how did she end up sleeping with one? Hope Winston is the most delectable woman Franco Rivera has ever seen. There's only one problem. Hope keeps sticking her pretty little nose in trouble. She needs a keeper. And Franco Rivera is just the man to keep her…in his bed.

    Lia says: "OK for $3.95"
    "Hot and Steamy!"
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    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Dream of Danger: A Ghost Ops Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (69)

    When Nick Ross disappears from Elle Thomason's life, she is certain she'll never see the man she loves again - except in her dreams. 10 years later, as a respected researcher breaking new ground in psychic phenomena, she sends a desperate call for Nick's help. One by one, her colleagues have started disappearing... and Elle knows she's next. An elite soldier, Nick never meant to hurt Elle; duty kept him away - and then she vanished. Now troubled by unusually vivid, disturbing dreams of Elle in danger, Nick will rescue the only woman he's ever wanted.

    Lia says: "Lovely Romantic Easy Listen"
    "Gimme more dangerous dreaming!"
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    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!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Danger: A Ghost Ops Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Dr. Catherine Young is on a mission to find a man who has vanished into thin air. Walking into a high-tech hideaway bearing an essential message to Tom "Mac" McEnroe, Team Leader of the betrayed Ghost Ops force, is the most dangerous thing she has ever done. The soldier she encounters is frightening and suspicious, but her senses reveal the man underneath: tough, honorable, and so breathtakingly masculine Catherine feels weak in his presence.... But to surrender to Mac's passionate desires would put her life in dire jeopardy.

    Lia says: "I was captivated from the very beginning"
    "Another winner from Lisa Marie Rice!"
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    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Menage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Lexi Blake, Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (175)

    Brothers Gavin, Slade, and Dex fall hard for Gavin's new secretary, beautiful Hannah Craig. The oil executives know they must give her time to get to know them before she can choose one...who will seduce the virgin and keep her for his own. But when a dangerous predator begins stalking the small-town beauty, they work together to protect her, abducting Hannah and spiriting her to an isolated hideaway. Once alone with her, none of them can contain their burning desire.

    NEW NAME says: "Kind of fell flat :-("
    "Hot and steamy, but not too complex!"
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    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!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Love at First Sight: A Cupid, Texas Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lori Wilde
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Natalie McCleary couldn't believe her eyes - a lean-muscled, darkly tanned, nearly naked man stood in her path...and then it hit her: love. Everyone always told her it would hit like a thunderbolt, and she never believed them. But now she knew: practical, sensible Natalie was head over heels in love - with a stranger. But ex-Navy SEAL Dade Vega wasn't about to be a stranger for long.

    Pam says: "So very long and boring"
    "Enjoyable romance, but not memorable."
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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Buried: A Bone Secrets Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kendra Elliot
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    Reporter Michael Brody is used to getting answers. The one that’s eluded him, though, for 20 long years is learning what happened to his brother, Daniel, the day his school bus disappeared. When the remains of the other children are discovered - and Daniel’s aren’t among them - a desperate Michael calls upon the sole survivor of the tragedy, Chris Jacobs, hoping he will finally break his silence.Constant fear of being found by his kidnapper has driven Chris into hiding. The only lead Michael has is Chris’s sister, Jamie.

    Karen says: "Kept me guessing until the end!"
    "Kept me guessing until the end!"
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    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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