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Ezinwanyi

Dallas, TX USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Fair Game: Alpha and Omega

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1538)
    Performance
    (1388)
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    (1403)

    Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles. Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves - all of them were.

    David says: "Best of the Best"
    "Great Story, little romance"
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    I don't know what i was expecting, after Cry Wolf & Hunting Ground, but this book wasn't it. Charles and Anna seemed at a pretty good place at the end of those books, but they were NOT okay here.

    This book was truly about the story, and not about Charles and Anna. Charles had some issues to deal with and it was affecting his relationship with Anna because Charles chose to deal with his issues alone. Anna was hurt because he was hurt and wouldn't share or wouldn't let her help him. Anna blamed Charles' withdrawal and his pain on his duty as the enforcer of justice. What could they do for Charles' pain?

    Well Bran tried a new approach. Bran sent Anna to be the point to be the Wolf "PR" & help on a Serial Killer case in Boston that included 3 werewolves. Charles was ordered to be her muscle and bodyguard. A serial killer had been killing boys and girls for over 25 years and no one could figure out who. Anna and Charles began helping the law enforcement by profiling the serial killer. This book was dark for most of the story but there was a light at the end of the tunnel. The highlight for me was that this case helped Charles and Anna begin to work together as a team again.

    The story was well written and intricate. I enjoyed the addition of various players such as Leslie, Beauclaire, Issac etc. I wonder where Briggs is taking us next.

    Don't read this story for romance because there is very very little in this book. But if you like a well written Thriller and Suspense story in your UF, then this is the book for you.

    BTW, the narrator was really good. I enjoyed his Charles and Brother Wolf voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Superhero

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Eli Easton
    • Narrated By Tristan Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (49)
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    (49)

    It's not easy for a young gay artist like Jordan Carson to grow up in Jefferson, Wisconsin, where all anyone seems to care about in middle school and high school are the sports teams. But Jordan was lucky. He met Owen Nelson in the second grade, and they've been BFFs ever since. Owen is a big, beautiful blond and their school's champion wrestler. No one messes with Owen, or with anyone close to him, and he bucks popular opinion by keeping Jordan as his wingman even after Jordan comes out at school.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW! So cute!"
    "An okay young adult firiends to lover story"
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    This story featured comic lover and artist Jordan Carson and his jock/wrestler best friend Owen Nelson. Jordan knew he was gay from 7yrs old, but Owen was straight. They did everything together until junior year when Owen gets a girlfriend named Emily. Then 3 became a crowd. Can Jordan handle being around Owen or Emily, or will he finally make make his move for Owen?

    This one was okay. I don't expect too much from novellas. It was a typical youthful coming of age and coming story with a artisty friend and a jock.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charade: The Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nyrae Dawn
    • Narrated By Macy Sterling
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection. Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom's dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it's what he wants too. Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought?

    Jordy says: "A Complete Suprise"
    "Finding an anchor"
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    This is my first time hearing the narrator Macy Sterling, and she did very well. I enjoyed her voice and it added to my enjoyment of this one. It was sweet, and a little sad but so full of hopeful moments.
    Cheyenne just broke up with her boyfriend Gregory for cheating on her. She asks the local bad boy, Colt, to pretend to be her boyfriend, to make Gregory jealous and also get Gregory to leave her alone. What started out as a charade became much more as these two lost college students found out they had much more in common, and they became an anchor for the other as they faced their fears.
    In the end, the charade ended up making them stronger and better people as they learned to rely on each other and find new reasons to persevere.

    It wasn't too painful or angsty, it wasn't overly drawn out. It was sweet, and well written. Colt and Cheyenne were really strong and trying to deal with the hand life dealth them. I liked how they let the guard down around each other and showed vulnerability. I really liked Colt's mom and her words to Chey about Chey's mom. Very sweet and thoughtful of her to leave those lasting words to a young woman who need to hear that so badly. Really good book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By T.A. Webb
    • Narrated By John Solo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Mark Jennings is at a crossroads. His finance job in the Atlanta nonprofit scene stresses him out, his mother is dying, and his relationship with Brian Jacobs has crashed and burned. He needs a distraction, some way to relax, and a massage seems like just the thing. He never expected his massage therapist, Antonio Roberto, to become his best friend.

    T. Henry says: "Beautiful story"
    "Good narration and a good GFY book"
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    In this book, Mark Jennings seemed to be barely making it emotionally. His mom is dying in the hospital of liver disease, his boyfriend Brian Jacobs left him for another man and his nonprofit job was about to go belly up.
    His only stress relief was getting a bi-monthly massage by a guy named Antonio Roberto.

    During these massage therapy sessions, Mark and Antonio got to know each other. Antonio was going through a divorce with his wife and was scared to loss his son in a custody battle. Mark was dealing with the loss of his mom and the return of his boyfriend Brian.

    Both were overwhelmed. Its no wonder both started feeling a little attracted to each other. But Antonio was straight and Mark would never cheat as he knows how that betrayal felt. But life has its own plans and Mark, Brian and Antonio's lives begin to mesh and we see that despite Mark's uncomfortable place, both guys genuinely care for him. Who will be Mark's HEA?

    This book had a roller coaster of emotion. This Mark really needed a hug. It had sad parts and happy parts. I also really liked the family angle as well as the non-profit Hope home addition to this story. It still touches me that family can discard their own children because of who they love.

    The writing was paced well, but the narrator wasn't quite right for this story. His faux southern accent grated my nerves at times, but then he'd forget he was supposed to have a southern accent and we were cool again. Over all, it was a good story. Little to no angst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Like Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    There are two sides to every story. When you're Tim Wyman, sometimes there are three. Tim hoped moving to Texas would mean a new beginning, but he soon finds himself falling into the same tired patterns. Until he meets recklessly brave Benjamin Bentley, who introduces Tim to a world of love, sex, and warmth. Certain that society won't understand what he and Ben have together, Tim struggles to protect their relationship, even if it means twisting the truth. Buried beneath his own deceptions, Tim must claw his way to the surface in the hopes of learning to fly.

    Jeffrey says: "Don't Miss This Wonderful Book!"
    "Tim's POV. Still selfish but he loved Ben"
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    Please read my review of Book 1: Something Like Summer for a background. This book was Tim's POV on his relationship with Eric. It gave insight to how Tim met Eric and the years after Tim broke up with Ben. Tim was still self centered but one thing was clear, he loves Ben. He made some poor choices but he grew especially Jace showed him how a real man does it.

    The audiobook gave me a different feel from book 1. I could hear the whine, the excitement, the pain etc in the characters voices. I think Kevin Free did a great job making me empathize with Tim. It was hard, but the narrator made him real to me.

    Tim and his family's opinion of gays really affected how Tim felt about himself. He grew in a Catholic family, and they were also sports jocks. Loving another man would not fly in that kind of circle and so Tim tried his best to be what others wanted him to be. The consequence was that he hurt the guy he loved Ben and he hurt himself. He wouldn't completely let go, but he wouldn't give up either. Tim was just a mess for a long time. I felt him though. I understood his need to avoid being shunned by family and friends. Ben was lucky because his family accepted his choices but it isn't that easy for others. Tim's battle was much harder.

    Jay Bells writing is really smooth to me. It was emotional and the characters had depth. I can't wait to read about Jace before Ben in book 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Promise: Elemental Assassin, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed "The Spider," she's a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There's a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name "Burn" sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

    Ronald says: "Another Good book"
    "The Spider doing her thing"
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    Another action packed installment of the Elemental Assassin. It's Gin's Birthday book, Happy Birthday Genevieve Snow!

    I love Lauren Fortengang's interpretation of the Spider so I had preordered this book at audible. Definitely a wise decision if I may say so. This audiobook was all that I had hoped it would be. I had been waiting for this enemy for awhile and this book resolved many issues and paved the way for a new war.

    Someone is dealing drugs, a new kind of drug called Burn, and it is worse than anything Ashland and South town had seen in a long time. When the Pork Pit waitress, Catalina, was accosted by her friend and forced to sell drugs, Gin stepped in to help Catalina. Of course, this inserted the Spider into Ashland's underworld, and again forcing her to clean up the mess the Ashland PD couldn't.

    What I liked about this book was that Gin finally reached a comfortable place in her tenous relationship with Bria, her baby sister. Bria is a judgmental, self righteous cop (the female Donovan Caine) and everything was just black and white with her. In this book she finally saw the shaded areas Gin lived in and she was finally humbled (or smacked her off her high horse).

    My favorite part was the fact that the focus of this book was on the Spider and that is when Gin is at her best--Kicking Ashland underworld butt. Everyone connected to Gin makes an appearance and we finally get to meet MM Monroe. It's sad but I am excited because MM is definitely her mother's daughter. There is another surprise to MM Monroe too. I am excited for where this series is going.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (392)
    Story
    (395)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "Save your credit"
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    This book and series was an utter disappointment. It was needlessly sad and depressing. Pain drawn out over 3 books and just stretched out. There is no reason for this much gloom and I felt bad for Evan and Sarah because the umbrella of pain covered them as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (221)

    Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd. The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Pippa's thirst for knowledge leads her to Love"
    "Pippa's thirst for knowledge leads her to Love"
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    This book was way better than book 1. It definitely rescued this series for me.

    Lady Philippa "Pippa" Marbury is the fourth daughter of the Marguess of Needham and Dolby. She doesn't believe in luck and she believes in scientific explanations for everything. Logic and Truth always wins out in Pippa's world.

    She is engaged to the Lord Castleton but decided she wanted to do research on what is necessary to be a proper wife. Pippa deals with her nerves by gathering knowledge so she can feel prepared. She decides to go to the most notorious gaming hall in London, The Fallen Angel, because the owner Jasper Cross is notorious rake.
    Pippa asks him to help her with her research on how to please her fiancee as a wife, and thus opening up a pandora's box with Cross.

    Cross wasn't nobility but he seemed to be the only one in London who didn't find Pippa to be a nerd, geek or odd. He actually enjoyed engaging her in discussion but he couldn't offer her a life like she could have with Lord Castleton.

    What I loved about this one was Pippa's honesty, her strength, her resolve and her curiosity about everything. She made being smart look fun, not odd. I chuckled at her a number of times. She said things people were afraid to say, she was a really good heroine.

    Jasper finally met his match and she kept him honest. I liked this story much more than the Pippa's sister in book 1. I look forward to book 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (323)

    Interior decorator Suzanne Barron's new tenant is the most dangerously sexy man she's ever met. Navy Commander John Huntington, a former SEAL (aka 'Midnight Man') works best under cover of darkness. Within hours of meeting him, Suzanne has wild, no-holds barred sex with John, then panics at the depth of her passionate response to such a powerful and dangerous warrior. Suzanne doesn't do sex like that. John is definitely someone she needs to avoid for her own peace of mind. But when killers come for her, Suzanne knows she can turn to only one man.

    Lia says: "A hot and sexy listen! Recommended""
    "Cliche story with minimal plot"
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    I was so disappointed with this one. It was so predictable, cliche and weak in plot and writing. I don't know if I will listen to book 2, but I am not excited about this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Hunger: Mark of the Vampire Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Laura Wright
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (340)

    Alexander Roman wants nothing to do with the controlling rulers of his vampire breed or the family he escaped from a hundred years ago. But as a new threat to the pureblood vampires emerges, Alexander's ties to the past are forced upon him again, and without warning, he finds himself - disoriented, terrified, and near death - at the door of a stranger. Dr. Sara Donahue is dedicated to removing the traumatic memories of her patients - like those of the stranger at her front door.

    Lisa says: "Saucy, Sexy & Steamy!!"
    "Usual cliche vamp story but with a little twist"
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    I think Tavia Gilbert did a good job, her voice is much better suited for his series than Night Huntress. I am intrigued by Lucian and Browyn, but I see I will have to wait to book 3 to get sanctification.

    Alexander Roman was out hunting blood when the Dawn approached rapidly. He found himself trapped and managed to crawl up the steps to a random person's house before passing out.

    Dr. Sara Donohue came back from her shift at the hospital to find a man in front of her house. She dragged him inside and quickly found herself facing one of her former patients who was stalking her. As the stalker tried to kidnap her, Alex recovered enough to save her.

    This incident catapulted Sara into the battle between pure and impure blooded vampires.

    This book was definitely okay, but it suffered from all the usual issues you expect from 1st in series. I like that it had all the cliche stuff like flying vampires, wiping memories but it had a little different twist with the vampire communities that sounded like cults. The writing was okay as well, I wasn't blown away by the characters or the world building, but I entertained enough to keeping listening to it. I will continue this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Taste Temptation: Legend of the Four Soldiers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
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    Britain’s high society—le bon ton—loves nothing more than a good scandal, and they’re giddy with the appearance of wealthy Samuel Hartley. Not only is he self-made, American, and in the habit of wearing moccasins, but he is also notorious for fleeing a battle in which several English gentlemen lost their lives. Lady Emeline Gordon is captivated by Samuel. Not only does he defy convention with his unusual dress, his sensual smile, and his forthright manner, but he survived the battle that killed her beloved brother.

    Cathie says: "Loved It"
    "Soldier returns to Society changed"
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    I am one of the few that don't enjoy Anne Flosnik's narration, but she did this book justice. Her pace, and her voices matched the characters. I dare say I enjoyed her on this one.

    Soldier Samuel Hartley has returned from war branded a coward for running way during the slaughter of his squad. He has been disgraced and he moved to the States.

    Now he was returned to England, in search of the man he believes betrayed his battalion to the Indians and the French. His investigation brings him to the home of a fallen comrade Reynard Gordon where he meets her sister Lady Emeline Gordon. At first Lady Emeline was weirded out by this gentlemen who dresses inappropriately and doesn't follow the rules of the ton. Then Samuel hires Emeline to tutor his sister in the ways of a genteel bred lady and Emeline gets to see past the stories she has heard of Samuel.

    Even though Emeline is engaged to Jasper Renshaw, her late brother Reyndard's friend, Emeline finds herself attracted to Samuel and she is drawn into his investigation to find the traitor. Emeline is forced to make a hard decision between a family friend, now turned fiancee whose touch feels brotherly versus a man who is everything the ton shuns, but drives her mad with passion.

    I have tried to read this book twice before and found it a tad boring. This time, I couldn't put it down. I listened to it in two days. The narrator isnt as good as Rosalyn Landor, but it was a well written and entertaining book. I loved Emeline, Samuel and even Jasper. Jasper was a good guy, just not the right one for Emeline. The mystery to find the traitor forced to two suitors vying for her to work together and they found that they actually got along. I think I enjoyed the author creating the situation where Jasper and Samuel kind of became friends. It made the story a little more angsty because there could only be one winner of Emeline's hand.

    I can't wait to read book 2

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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