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Katheryne

MD, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5238)
    Performance
    (4758)
    Story
    (4766)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Steamy Conclusion to a Popular Trilogy??? what?"
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    This is such a hard review for me to write. I was so excited to read the “Steamy Conclusion to a Popular Trilogy” as described by Audible. Imagine my surprise to learn that this trilogy is NOT in fact a trilogy and this is NOT in fact the conclusion. Oh it’s steamy, but there is no real ending. Turns out there are in fact 2 more books planned. I must admit I felt cheated. (especially by the author's end comment)

    All that aside, this installment was very much like the last one for me. It ran both HOT and COLD. At times the story was really flowing…we were getting answers and some real advancements in the plot. However, most of the time it just felt like so much fluff and filler. I didn’t really care for most of the subplots with the secondary characters either. And as a side note, I really dislike Bret!

    I’m giving this one 3 stars for Jill Redfeld’s brilliant narration and for the hot and steamy sections.

    58 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Victoria Aveyard
    • Narrated By Amanda Dolan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4238)
    Performance
    (3823)
    Story
    (3824)

    Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

    Bonnie says: "Depressing and Slow"
    "It started slow but ended with a bang!"
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    I waited months before I finally decided to listen to Glass Sword due to all the negative reviews and typical 2nd book bashing. I must admit it did start out a little slow, but as the book progressed it became more and more exciting. This book takes a little more time to develop the main characters which makes their choices a little more believable and authentic. There were many new characters introduced very quickly in the middle of the story, which I found confusing and a bit distracting. Other reviewers have said this book reads like an action movie and I would agree with that analogy. Of course this book has a huge cliffhanger (no surprise there) but knowing King's Cage will be released in a few months takes a little sting out of it for me.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Kiss: Black Dagger Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By J. R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2304)
    Performance
    (2095)
    Story
    (2091)

    The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series. Paradise, blooded daughter of the king's first advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself...be herself. It's a good plan until everything goes wrong.

    Cheri says: "BDB Spin Off Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Great from start to finish"
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    I was a little skeptical about this spin off - but wow was it good. Even though it is set in the same world of BDB it felt so fresh. I love the new characters and can't wait to see what happens next.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Michael Morgan
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    Raven Wood's vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced with a terrible decision - allow the prince to wreak vengeance against the demons of her past or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at stake than Raven's heart.... A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he uncovers Raven's connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi Gallery.

    Katheryne says: "Another swoon-worthy listen"
    "Another swoon-worthy listen"
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    The Shadow is a passionate and complex story, filled with romance, art, history and suspense. William and Raven are reunited again and the Prince will stop at nothing to protect her all while battling forces that are trying to sabotage him and his rule over Florence. I absolutely loved this 2nd installment of The Florentine Series even though it was a little slow in the middle. We finally get to learn how William came to be and the tragedy of how he lost his first love. The last part of the book was filled with lots of heart pounding action and of course it ends in a bit of a cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven: The Florentine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Michael Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (418)

    Raven Wood spends her days at Florence's Uffizi gallery restoring Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semiconscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attackers' screams.

    Katheryne says: "A romantic vampire love story"
    "A romantic vampire love story"
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    I wanted to get this book last year but put it off until closer to the release of book two. I'm so glad I did because it would have killed me to wait for the continuation of The Florentine. This was such a beautiful and romantic love story. Although it didn't end with a huge cliffhanger it did leave me wanting for more. Thanks goodness I have already per-ordered 'The Shadow'. John Morgan's narration was outstanding as well.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Potent Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (526)

    Reckless desire sends Charlotte Daicheston into the garden with a dashing masked stranger. He's powerful and unforgettable, a devastatingly handsome footman who lures her - not against her will - into a grand indiscretion at a masquerade ball. Then he vanishes. Several years later, after Charlotte has made her dazzling debut in London society, they meet again. But the rogue is no footman. He's rich, titled, and he doesn't remember Charlotte. Worse, he's the subject of some scandalous gossip.

    Lady M says: "Lacks Story Substance"
    "Not for me"
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    Although Eloisa James is my ‘go to’ Regency Romance writer, I can’t recommend this listen. The story was just too convoluted and the conflict was so ridiculous that it became rather annoying. I don’t care for plots where the main conflict or issue could be solved with a simple 30 second conversation. It made me mostly annoyed at the main characters. The first half of the book was great, but then it rapidly went downhill after the wedding. It was mostly a disappointment and I will not continue with the rest of the books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Shade of Blood: A Shade of Vampire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bella Forrest
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, Holter Graham, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1802)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1583)

    When Sofia Claremont was kidnapped to a sunless island, uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet, she believed she'd forever be a captive of its dark ruler, Derek Novak. Now, after months of surviving an endless night, the morning sun may soon rise again for Sofia.

    Caroline Greyling (Author of Five: Maor book one) says: "Addictive"
    "A guilty pleasure"
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    This second installment is much better than the first book/novella. It’s a longer story which gave the author more time for backstories and world building. I don’t know what it is about this series but I am truly enjoying it. I’ve been growing tired of the vampire genre lately but this one is too entertaining to ignore. It’s a guilty pleasure for sure.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Scribe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (822)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (767)

    Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava Matheson came to Istanbul looking for answers, but others came looking for her. A reckless warrior guards her steps, but will Malachi's own past blind him to the truth of who Ava might be? While ancient forces gather around them, both Ava and Malachi search for answers. Whispering voices. Deadly touch. Their passion should be impossible... or it could be the only thing that will keep them alive.

    Laura says: "Hooked! Enthralling story, exceptional narration."
    "Ok, WOW!"
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    WOW, WOW and WOW! I loved this story. It’s the perfect marriage of urban fantasy and romance. This is my first Elizabeth Hunter book and I am truly mad at myself for not getting one of her books sooner. She is a fantastic writer and her descriptions of Istanbul made me feel as though I was there myself. It was mesmerizing. Not to mention Zachary Webber’s performance is outstanding! I want to listen to every book he narrates.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Ruin: Immortals After Dark, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1697)
    Story
    (1691)

    Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn't know who or what she was - just that she was "bad", an outcast with strange powers. Protecting her baby brother, Thaddeus, became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo's transition from angry girl...to would-be superhero...to enchanting villain.

    BluBumbleB says: "EXCEEDED EXPECTATION!"
    "The Best!"
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    The best series, author and narrator out there for paranormal romance. The IAD series never disappoints and this one is no exception. Love it!!! I would give it 10 stars if I could.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Burying Water

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3473)
    Performance
    (3183)
    Story
    (3177)

    Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

    Rebecca says: "Outstanding! Perfect love / mystery book!"
    "The truth pushed to the surface like water"
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    Without your memory, does your heart still remember who it loves? That is the question and basically the main plot of this book. It’s told through flashbacks to the past and in the present so the reader must piece together the mystery alongside the main character. I really enjoyed the romance and the journey to the truth. I connected to the characters and really cared about what would happen to them in the end. The narrators were terrific as well. Great romantic listen.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Feverborn: Fever Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels, Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1771)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1587)

    When the immortal Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged, and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making - a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of life itself - can save the planet.

    Elizabeth M. OMalley says: "Lots and lots of words but no real movement"
    "Sorry, I have to return it - too much filler"
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    It's not just the narrators that are terrible, the whole storyline is awful too. Can we please just get back to Dani/Jada? Seriously! Mac and Barron's story ended with Shadowfever - so why the recap of everything we already know with these 2 characters? Why not move on and let Dani/Jada and the other characters shine? This was just too much filler for me and ultimately a disappointment.

    27 of 33 people found this review helpful

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