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ratings
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REVIEWS
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FOLLOWING
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Seduced in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (317)

    Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood. The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it's all coming to an end. Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance? Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

    Katheryne says: "Heart-pounding and intense"
    "Really Enjoyed the Duet!"
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    What did you love best about Seduced in the Dark?

    The climax of the story was really wonderful! I felt the book ended a bit abruptly, but I guess that's why there's an epilogue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seduced in the Dark?

    Finding out Caleb's past.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give it away, but as I said before, I enjoyed the climax of the story very much.


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

    Not hardly!! But I should have taken more days than I did. My kids got shooed away all too often.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed book one more than this one, only because of the writing style. It was more intense to be in one world, Caleb and Kitten's world, than it was to go back and forth between that and Livvy telling the story to FBI agents. On the one hand, it was the same as the first book, without knowing why we would go from 1st person narrative (when we were listening to Livvy's POV) to 3rd person when we got more of Caleb's plight. I didn't care for the FBI agents' side story at all. It seemed unnecessary. These are the only two reasons I took away stars. I really enjoyed the series and the narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Epilogue: The Dark Duet: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Anthony Elmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well. Who am I? Well, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I was a whore in my youth, a killer since my adolescence, and a monster as a man. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. I am the man who held her in a dark room for weeks. But, most importantly, I am the man she loves. She loves me. It’s quite sick, isn’t it? Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then.

    Jordy says: "It was one helluva unforgettable ride!"
    "Good moments, but overall lacking"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I think I would have preferred reading this one, but overall, the tone of Epilogue was juvenile and it didn't match the first two books in the series. It felt like a quickly written response to fans who wanted more from a story that had ended so well already in the Duet.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked a few of the tender moments. I liked finding out what happened in the gap between the end and the epilogue of Seduced in the Dark.

    The least interesting is Epilogue's epilogue 2.0--it is the most juvenile of juvenile commentary in the book.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Anthony Elmer?

    Let me say this first--I think Anthony Elmer has a good voice. I think he would bode well with comedy, or even the Brothers In Arms series. As Caleb/James, not so much. Another point in his favor is that I think the actual writing lent itself to a bubblegum interpretation.

    Mostly though, he needed the accent that Emily Durante, or anyone who could do it justice, could portray. He read way too fast, and the characters seemed way more comical than the serious ones we had grown accustomed to in the Duet. If he'd read with more even pace and sensuality, I think I would have been able to overlook the missing accent (some). Still, the tone of the writing was what drastically changed.


    Could you see Epilogue being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, but the Duet may bode well on Cinemax.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though Caleb and Livvie were "above ground" in this book, I think it was too light. It was difficult to go from an erotic scene, or a (borderline) anger scene, to most of the others, because it was so OMG--so Twitterverse--so Sweet Sixteen. I purposely used that terminology to put you in the frame of mind I was in as I listened, after expecting to read about the adult challenges of two broken people trying to make a twisted love work, without the comfort of seclusion. I don't think you can go back to being a bubblegum teen after being human trafficked. Thankfully, I don't know for sure, but that's my best guess. The series would have ended better at book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Man Confessed: This Man Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (655)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (610)

    The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse's lives. She has accepted that she'll never tame the fierceness in Jesse - and she doesn't want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she's finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is.

    Jordy says: "one of the best erotic romance trilogy EVER!"
    "Good enough conclusion"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Man Confessed the most enjoyable?

    It was good to get Jesse's entire backstory, and the narrator was excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the progression and changes that were necessarily made in the relationship between Jesse and Ava.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many, but I think I enjoyed hearing Jesse's inner dialogue in the epilogue. He actually is humorous, which was difficult to see without knowing his thoughts.


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

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I think this could have easily been a two-book series. I hated book one, loved booked two, and liked book three very much. Had the author combined the three into two, I think it would have been an excellent decision.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (448)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Don't let the "Darkside" keep you from reading!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!!! I was hesitant to purchase this book, after reading all of the reviews. I felt ashamed that I wanted to, because so many readers seemed torn about subjecting themselves to the type of content. I will admit, some parts were hard to stomach, but I feel the author did an excellent job in not glorifying them. She painted a realistic picture of how any form of love could be birthed from the interaction of these two main characters. I guess I left my listen thinking, "I don't beat myself up for loving Scarface," so I will allow Captive in the Dark the same courtesy. Listen to this book. You will not regret it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'd definitely say Livvy. She is strong and innocent at the same time. She is well developed so that you don't really ever fault her for the choices she makes, even when falling for her captor. Because Caleb was so conscious of her pleasure and protection...even in the horrible times...it's hard not to understand her conflict. Come on, ladies, being a man's breakfast early on in an intimate relationship makes it hard to think straight!!


    Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but she is wonderful! She makes distinctive character voices, with varying accents. She made the Duet such a nice listen!!


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

    Not hardly, but I wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, though this book has a dirty underbelly, it is very well written. All of the "good" parts make up for the times you are certain to wince. Get this book asap. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath This Man

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (720)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (675)

    Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape - and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man's steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more.

    Katheryne says: "This was all sorts of crazy!"
    "Hated Book 1. LOVE Book 2."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beneath This Man to be better than the print version?

    Probably. The narrator of this series is magnificent. I can't imagine my brain bringing as much life to the characters.


    What other book might you compare Beneath This Man to and why?

    Of course, FSOG--which is why I sought a Christian Gray replacement.


    Which character – as performed by Edita Brychta – was your favorite?

    Jesse.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I LOVE the very last scene the most.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok. Call me Benedict Arnold, because I'm a turncoat. I hated This Man--the characters were underdeveloped, there was no plot, and the only reason I listened to the whole thing was because of the narrator. That and my undying angst over wanting the author to make some sense of these characters for me. That said, I would still recommend anyone to skip book one, read the summary of it, and jump right into Beneath This Man!!

    This book was REALLY good. It had less sex overall, but more meaningful sex than its predecessor. There was a moving plot! Things were crazy, but they also made sense. The characters filled out so much that I almost (ALMOST) wanted the story to end on the note that it did. But, I'm glad it didn't and I will happily use my cash--as I am out of credits--to hear book 3.

    My only fear is that this book is better than the first AND the third. Fingers crossed. Off I go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (885)

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "Great performance. Lacking story."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I'm one of the Christian Gray recovery victims looking for a fill. This is not it. There wasn't much to the plot, and there was no dimension in the two main characters. He's over the top (as was Christian Gray), but he never gives a reason. Even the inner monologue leaves me unsatisfied. The last 1/8 of the book actually spins up curiosity enough where, sad to say, I invested in the second book just in hopes of getting any answer at all about why Ava and Jesse do the things they do. So far, the second one is much better, but I think it's pretty unfair to basically use a whole book as a means of being a cliffhanger for a second. I'll give it to the publishers for keeping the reader just curious enough to hope the characters have any reason at all behind their actions--it's a smart sales strategy, unfortunately.


    What could Jodi Ellen Malpas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    See comments above. Make sense of the characters' actions and have a developed plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I literally don't have one.


    Could you see This Man being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I can't see anyone finding sympathy or empathy for either main character. Again, the only reason I am listening to the second one is because I am nosy and hate to leave things unfinished. A series definitely wouldn't work, and I wouldn't recommend a film.


    Any additional comments?

    I would've named the main character something other than Ava (a la Ana in 50 Shades), and with her being older and more experienced than Ana, I'd liked to have seen her make more sense. Mind you, there were several points in 50 Shades that made me crazy with the decisions Ana made, but they were realistic, based on the depth of character that was clearly painted. In this case Ava accepts a domineering man who really does nothing other than sex her up and send her flowers, with no understanding or communication about why--then her way of rebelling is by making and breaking promises constantly. I don't know these characters, other than the fact that they are physically attracted to each other, which was not established by words or situation, but by a literal electrical jolt between them when they touched the first time. From there, he bosses her around and she hates him for it, but loves him and does it anyway. Then she lies to him, breaks promises---oh yeah, I already said that. That's how the book feels. Ugh.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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