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Noirbear

Rochester, NH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Forbidden Nights with a Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Chloe Campbell
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (192)

    Vanda Barkowski is in trouble. As the owner of a hot nightclub, she's more unconventional than most of her fellow vampires, and if some think her a little out of control, then so be it. But after three former employees filed a complaint about her temper, Vanda is sentenced to an anger management class. Worse, Phil Jones agreed to be her sponsor. Phil, the mortal who is forbidden to her.

    Noirbear says: "The Vampire Bad girl"
    "The Vampire Bad girl"
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    I have been waiting for Vanda's turn to do the love dance. And who better to tango with than Phil. I enjoyed this story. It had the right amount of tug and pull between Vanda and Phil. There romance was hot ,sassy and sexy. And there were some surprises to boot. I am fan of the Love at Stake series. SO if you like the series you'll like this one. The narrator did a fine job.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Still the One: Animal Magnetism, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Darcy Stone is game for anything - except sexy navy vet and physical therapist AJ Colten, the guy who'd rejected her when she'd needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

    Noirbear says: "Oh yeah what fun"
    "Oh yeah what fun"
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    I think this is the best one of the series so far. We new Darcy's story was coming. And maybe because I like female characters with edge. And the alpha males that have the guts to love them. I enjoyed the characters and Karen White as dead on with the narrations.
    This is a good romance if you enjoy Ms Shalvis.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Built for Power: Women of Power, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Bree Simpson has her dream job at the family company. However, recent events have turned that dream into a nightmare. Bree has learned to tolerate a lot as one of the few women in an executive position in the construction industry. But when the normal bullying tactics turn aggressive and threaten her project in Atlanta, Bree decides to go on the offensive.

    Noirbear says: "Power to the builder"
    "Power to the builder"
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    Bree Simpson story I did like better than the first book. Again not Amy's best. I think I would have preferred Karen White as the narrator. But Bree's determination makes for a good listen. I will say Kathleen still seems to be rushing through these stories. But for a fun simple romance and because I really do like Kathleen Brooks I enjoyed this book. It is not for everyone. It's a simple romance

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chosen for Power: Women of Power Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Somebody is out to destroy Elle Simpson and everything she's worked hard to build. As the CEO of a corporate conglomerate, Elle is used to fighting off challengers. However this new threat comes at a time when she finally lets her guard down to meet Prince Charming. And it's unlike anything she's been up against before.

    Tracy T says: "A decent story. Entertaining enough."
    "This could be the start of a good series"
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    I enjoyed the simplicity of Kathleen Brooks Bluegrass series. She created engaging characters. She continues with Women of Power. But I was hoping for a little more. The female lead falls oh so fast and the romance is rushed. But I am hoping that book 2 is better. I enjoy the premise of woman taking the lead.
    I am not a fan of how Amy McFadden narrates this story. She is just okay and sometimes the female voices a whiny. Steamy not so much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Playboy Prince: Cordina's Royal Family, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When it comes to women, Prince Bennett has always enjoyed a challenge. So after meeting the quiet and beautiful Lady Hannah Rothchild, the dashing playboy cannot rest until he breaks through her careful reserve. Love had always been a game to Bennett, but with this elusive, mysterious woman, he discovers his heart is on the line, and he's playing for keeps....

    Amazon Customer says: "Riveting!!"
    "Book 3 still just ok"
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    The plot is simple the intrigue lacking, you know who the bad guy is and what the heroine is going to do to save the day. If you are going through Nora books then you may find this trilogy interesting. If you are starting out with Nora, she does have better. Only get if your a fan and it's on sale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Command Performance: Cordina's Royal Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Years ago Eve Hamilton had a fleeting schoolgirl crush on the powerful, reserved, and compelling Prince Alexander - but he'd clearly disapproved of her. Finally reunited, Alex is fascinated by the beautiful, independent woman Eve has become, and suddenly he wants to show her that he is all the man she could ever want....

    Noirbear says: "Fairtale Romance"
    "Fairtale Romance"
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    Eve Hamilton was the best part of this 2nd book in the trilogy . You can tell this was one of Nora's earlier works. The story was simple and the romance the same. But for an easy listen this was okay. I would wait for a large sale before purchasing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Affaire Royale: Cordina's Royal Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Princess Gabriella had escaped captivity, but she'd lost her memory and her kidnappers were still on the loose. She needed a protector fast, and brash American Reeve MacGee was the perfect man for the job. The handsome ex-policeman could handle absolutely anything - except falling in love with the stunning, vulnerable woman in his care.

    Noirbear says: "So so for Roberts"
    "So so for Roberts"
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    Susan Ericksen first let me say is one of my favorite narrators. I simply love the intensity she brings to the characters. The story was okay for the start of a trilogy . Nora does has more engaging trilogies. The story was charming. I would hold off on the purchase unless you simply like Nora Roberts book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Fest: Cursing Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Pepper O'Neal
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    She has some deadly secrets... Tabitha Norkus wants only one thing in life - freedom from slavery for herself and the others held captive at the Lithuanian weretiger compound. When she gets the chance to escape, she grabs it. Taking three other Weres with her, she bolts for England, hoping to find sanctuary with her cousin in the British weretiger pride. But Tabbi's fierce attraction to Drake Gatos, the English pride leader terrifies her, compounding her inability to trust him.

    Angela says: "Good potential but......"
    "On the fence with these shifters"
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    So this book based on what went on in the story appears to be book two. That being said the story was interesting. There is just enough going on to keep your interest from beginning to end. And it may be because of the cast of characters introduced. The alpha ‘s personality comes at you right off start, but why he is the way he is probably played out in book one. I would have preferred the female lead to have just a little more common sense when engaging the alpha. Maybe just a little more fire in the gut, despite her self-image. Basically this a shifter story with some romance and some action. It took me a while to get use to the narrator. But I don’t think she did a bad job. I just didn’t care for the way she did the male voices. This book is a maybe. If it goes on sale and you are looking for a shifter story give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savage Hunger: Heart of the Jaguar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Terry Spear
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The Amazon jungle holds many dangers, as Kathleen McKnight well knows after her mission to bring down a drug cartel goes horribly wrong, leaving her the only survivor on her team. Determined to find the mysterious man who saved her, she returns to the jungle a year later only to find it holds more secrets than she could have ever imagined. Since saving Kathleen, jaguar shifter Connor Anderson hasn't been able to get her out of his mind. When she returns to the jungle to seek him out, he only knows one thing: that he must claim her for his own.

    cherylM says: "Very Good"
    "Hunger falling flat"
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    There is so much wrong with this story, I just don’t know where to begin.
    Connor as an alpha male comes off as wimpy. He is a jaguar shifter who lets his sister have way too much control over his life choices. Who does that? And Kathleen come on, she is supposed to be a trained solider, but poor me falls apart after leading and the key word is leading a mission that ends in failure. Basically like this review the story is all over the place. The premise of the book was good, but the characters not developed. The love connection is forced. Even the bad guys come off as campy.
    The narrator wasn’t that great. Save your credit.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1656)
    Performance
    (806)
    Story
    (806)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "A Story within a Story"
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    Talk about a book that draws into a story. From the start the book has you hooked because you want to hear the story within the story. I have listen to several Sandra Brown books and what is enjoyable is the story telling. And yes if you will most likely figure out who is who in this tale, but it the why of it that won’t let you walk away for the tale. This easily is one of my favorite Sandra Brown books.
    Victor Slezak at first I found his narration some what annoying, so it was the story that kept me engage. But he has a style of his own and he grows on you. Similar to Jim Frangione narrations. Not the greatness job doing female voices, but the way he reads engages you. If you like a romance with some mystery and depth this is a choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bullet to the Heart: No Mercy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lea Griffith
    • Narrated By Gillian Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    She was born to love then taught to kill. She has become everything but is no one. Known only as Bullet, she was long ago forced to shed the name her parents gave her. Changed, molded, and trained to kill with sharp-shooting efficiency, she is one of The Collective's most valuable assets. In a cadre of killers, Bullet is death waiting, but her time for vengeance has come. He was loved, and then he lost. He has become a hunter in search of revenge.

    Trish R. says: "SPOILER..This book is a little cliffhanger-y."
    "Bullet Hits the Mark"
    Overall
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    Finally a strong female lead. Alpha males, who enhance the storyline instead of dictate it. And a good start to series. You'll find yourself involved with the secondary characters and the desire to hear their story. Romance is not over top. If you enjoy a fast easy listen for the entertainment of an action love story, then I recommend the book. If you are looking for the next best seller, a super great mystery or an erotic feast, this may not do it for you. I just like the fact of strong female leads that don't bend. Gillian Vance is new for me but does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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