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Madison, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 133 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2015

  • Sweet Talk

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Is there anything sweeter than a first love? Don't ask Claire Keyes. The 28-year-old piano prodigy has never had a regular boyfriend, much less a real romance. Her music career has left little room for friends or family - which is just part of the reason she hasn't seen the family bakery or her two sisters in years.

    Latoya says: "Surprise"
    "So bad, I couldn't finish."

    I love a good romance, I am a fan Mallery's stories. This one..... I couldn't even finish it I was so uncomfortable. I usually always muscle my way through horrible books because darn it, I bought it and I'm going to finish it. I couldn't with this one. The characters are so unlikeable and unrealistic! I got so tired of the constant "My life sucks more" from every single character and the constant finger pointing. I just wanted to screem "ARE YOU PEOPLE ALL TWELVE?!". The sisters are all appalling and the main love interest is a idiotic prick. Even if you have heard horror stories about a person, to be that rude and nasty is a sign of someone who needs a therapist. Badly. I have no idea if he or any of the other characters get any better because I don't care enough to find out. All of them did a great job making me hate them enough to hope that they all continue with their horrible lives as punishment for their horrible personalities. The narrator was alright but the characters killed any signs of a good story. I would skip this trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As a young gay man—and a werepanther—all Jin Rayne yearns for is a normal life. Having fled his past, he wants nothing more than to start over, but Jin’s old life doesn’t want to let him go. When his travels bring him to a new city, he crosses paths with the leader of the local were-tribe. Logan Church is a shock and an enigma, and Jin fears that Logan is both the mate he fears and the love of his life.

    Cristin says: "Great idea but..."
    "Great idea but..."

    I want to start off by saying that despite all the flaws this book has, I did enjoy it. It had a nice idea of a story and the sex scenes were very well put together. However, this does not excuse the flaws.

    Fist things first, the narrator was not fantastic. He reminded me of Fozzy from the Muppets in some cases. The voices he used for the different characters were just... off. I could not in any way take Logan seriously because he was given this deep unrealistic voice that sounded like he was trying to cover up the fact that he smoked.

    Second, the point of Jin being this super special snowflake and was ultra rare, was DRIVEN HOME EVERY OTHER SENTENCE! I swear by the middle of the book I was sick to death of hearing about how this kid was a reah. I know the main plot point of this book was him being a reah, but we get it after the first twelve times. The next 108 times of driving this home is stupid. It's like the author thought we wouldn't remember or something. The reah point is not the only thing driven home. Points are beaten to death over and over again, until their effectiveness is gone.

    Third, the way the gay subject is brought up just bothers me. This might be because I'm a lesbian and have studied sexuality just a little bit, but Logan just becoming gay is not realistic. I'm a little disappointed in the author for not taken the time to understand and research male sexuality. And yes, I get it. This book was meant for the boylove/yaoi girl crowed but that's not an excuse for lazy writing. Logan could have every well have been straight and Jin was his one exception. Why couldn't he be bisexual? And the idea that it was a specific obstacle for Jin was really pointless with all the sex they had, not to mention that they keep saying that Logan and Jin can feel each other's emotions, because he's a reah!

    Over all, the weak points of the book were a bit too much for me to give this any higher then two stars. I could have been a lot better.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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