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Rusty

Avid reader for 45 years

Galloway, NJ, United States

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  • Hazardous Duty: Presidential Agent Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By W.E.B. Griffin, William E. Butterworth
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (278)

    Mexican drug cartels are shooting up the streets of Laredo and El Paso. Somali pirates are holding three U.S. tankers for ransom. The President of the United States is fed up and, as Commander in Chief, has what he thinks is a pretty bright idea — to get hold of Colonel Charley Castillo and his merry band and get them on the case. Unfortunately, that will be difficult. Everybody knows that the President hates Castillo’s guts, and has just had him forcibly retired from the military, and now Castillo’s men are scattered far and wide, many of them in hiding.

    Michael says: "TRIPE!!! Utter Tripe with horrible editing."
    "Nothing but Talk, Talk, Talk"
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    So far I have listened to more than 5 hours of this 6+ hour book and absolutely nothing has happened except talk, talk, talk. I can't believe this was written by the original author - there are too many details from the previous books that are totally wrong. Much of this book is spent retelling in minuet detail what happened in the first 7 book, as if the "writer" can't think of a new story line. There should be a law... What a disappointing end to a great series.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Out: Brown Family, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Ella doesn't have any room for romance, but that doesn't mean she has to stop admiring the scenery. Sexy security professional Andrew Copeland is no stranger to women, but he knows Ella is something different. Determined to get her to let him in, Andy does the one thing he can think of to get close: he offers her hands-on training in self-defense - and before long, all that skin on skin contact will have them both turning inside out.

    CAROLYN says: "I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE IT BUT......"
    "Just okay - needed more drama"
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    In the 3rd book of the Brown family series "Inside Out", nothing really happens. Ella & Andrew Copeland get together and we see glimpses into Erin and Brody's lives - but no real excitement. Not nearly enough to keep my interest, although I liked the first 2 books and Lauren Dane is a talented writer. Lucy Rivers is very good EXCEPT when doing the male voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Shadows: Kinncaid Brothers Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jaycee Clark
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    A small, friendly Colorado town, nestled in the breathtaking Rockies, cloaks a malevolence, an evil that stalks women. Jesslyn Black, a writer, is content living her now-single, childless life. If she keeps to herself, she can't get hurt. Haunted by the past, Jesslyn never again wants to experience the soul-shredding pain of losing loved ones. Aiden Kinncaid is running from his own secret loss. As the CEO of Kinncaid Enterprises, he travels to this remote Colorado resort town to oversee the opening of the new Highland Hotel.

    Toni L. Bell says: "Up all night"
    "To dumb to live"
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    All through Deadly Shadows, I kept thinking that "Jesslyn" (main character) was just too dumb to live until the end. Living in a small Rookie mountain town, she finds a close friend murdered and soon other bodies are being discovered in the area. Does Jess take basic safety precautions? No, she keeps doing things that no woman over the age of 12 would consider. She goes running alone; she hikes around a solitary lake at dusk; she whines when others are concerned about her welfare. While I enjoy an independent & spunky female character, one who doesn't use the brains God gave her is just plain boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Heart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (34)

    As the illegitimate son of Diego Fuentes, Ian Richards faces danger at every turn. Neither his father nor his fellow Navy SEALs knows which side he’s fighting for - or against. Which is exactly how the game must be played…until Agent Porter enters the picture.

    Jane says: "Steamy hot sex. Poor plot development."
    "Confusing Plot & Characters"
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    As a Lora Leigh fan, I was disappointed with the plot and character development in Killer Secrets. The characters just appeared without much explanation, which was confusing and annoying. I kept drifting off and loosing track of the plot, so I quit listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Corralled: Blacktop Cowboys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Scarlet Chase
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    Lainie Capshaw has been servicing injured cowboys long enough to know that a charming Western drawl combined with a fine physical form doesn't mean you should fall for a man. As a sports therapist, she travels the rodeo circuits patching up riders-and fending off their sweet-talking, swaggering advances. So no one is more surprised than Lainie when she finds herself involved with not one, but two men on different circuits....

    Leesa says: "Steamy"
    "2 Cowboys are better than 1"
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    I liked this story about Lanie, who was dating 2 cowboys on the rodeo circuit and didn't apologize for it. When the guys met and realized they were childhood friends, Lanie refused to choose between the 2 friends, leaving the men to decide between sharing and leaving. It was mostly a light-hearted, sexy story - slightly kinky but not abusive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wrangled and Tangled: Blacktop Cowboys, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Scarlet Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    The West was not so wild for Janie Fitzhugh. Living with her rancher husband, Abe Lawson, in rural Wyoming nearly broke her spirit, so she left. But eight years later, she returns to Muddy Gap to take a job at a new resort. When an unexpected danger arises, Abe seizes the chance to protect Janie and prove he's a changed man. Janie's employer at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, Renner Jackson, has gotten himself tangled up in a devil's bargain trying to finish the construction. His new partner's daughter, Tierney Pratt, is a spoiled daddy's girl and off-limits-no matter how drop-dead gorgeous she is.

    Mary says: "The Good Stuff"
    "Book 3: Abe & Janie - Renner & Tierney"
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    This book focuses on 2 couples in Muddy Gap: Abe & Janie and Renner & Tierney. I didn't find any of these characters particularly interesting, especially Abe who believed that inflicting pain was a sign of love. Janie, his ex-wife, supposedly grew a backbone after the divorce but instantly becomes a doormat when they started sleeping together again. Tierney, whose rich father is a complete waste of humanity, was a 26 year old bright but shy virgin. She allowed herself to become sexually involved with Renner, who borrowed money from her father to open a hunting resort. I found their sexual antics in the workplace were more stupid than erotic. The basic plot had potential, the writing was mostly good, but to me the men were too self-absorbed and the women needed more self-respect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reckless: Renegades, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Skye Jordan, Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    A couture wedding dress designer to the rich and famous, Lexi LaCroix's image means everything. Raised on the wrong side of the tracks, her years of polish and hard work are finally about to pay off. But crossing paths with a sexier-than-sin, bad-boy biker who makes her realize how much living she's sacrificed for her success, one touch is all it takes for Lexi to turn reckless. Jax Chamberlin has been screwed over by gorgeous gold-diggers one too many times. Though he runs his own stunt company, all of America knows his Hollywood face even years after he's given up acting.

    Leesa says: "Stunt Man Yummy"
    "Great writing, immature characters"
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    While the writing was excellent and engaging, the main characters (28 & 29) were unbelievably immature. Lexi is ashamed & embarrassed because she was born dirt poor in a dirt bag family. Jax grew up in a wealthy, cold Hollywood dynasty and was an infamous actor before quitting to become a stunt man. They both had good qualities and interesting careers that could have made Reckless a fun read. However Jax & Lexi spent too much time being self conscious, insecure and paranoid about what others were thinking of them. It's hard to care about characters who don't like themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Night

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    In this New York Times best-selling erotic trilogy, a buttoned-up businesswoman takes her friend's advice and has a fling with a stranger on a trip to Vegas - only to find herself under his mysterious, sexy power both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

    NORMA says: "Amazing and Different!!!!"
    "Bitch meets asshole"
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    I really disliked both the main characters, Robert & Cassie. Cassie, a Harvard graduate and corporate consultant, was afraid to disappoint her heartless parents or break up with her boring boyfriend/almost fiancé. Then Cassie has a one night stand with Robert, who shows up again as a client of her firm and just takes over her life. Robert, while rich and good looking, is ruthless, cold and dominating. Cassie is weak, insecure and self-centered. They both gave me the creeps. Yuck!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being Me: Inside Out Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (354)

    Sara McMillan is still searching for Rebecca, the mysterious woman whose dark, erotic journal entries both enthralled and frightened her. Tormented by a strong desire to indulge the demands of her new boss while also drawn deeper into her passionate bond with the troubled artist, Chris Merit, Sara must face a past as deeply haunting as Rebecca’s written words. In one man’s arms, Sara will find the safe haven to reveal her most intimate secrets and explore her darkest fantasies. But is safety just an illusion, when the truth about Rebecca has yet to be discovered?

    Lia says: "Roller Coaster Of Emotions"
    "Needed more mature characters"
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    As the 2nd book in a series about an art gallery where most of the characters are in their late 20s and 30s, possibly older, the emotional drama and issues are just too juvenile. I expected some kind of conclusion to the original question "What happened to Rebecca?" but there was just endless romantic, business & family drama. There wasn't one character that acted educated and professional, let alone like a rational adult. Exhausting and unfulfilling!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Were You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (482)

    The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can't resist peeking at the entries in the journal...and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca' affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets. Obsessed with discovering Rebecca' destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman's life....

    Leesa says: "Cliff-hanger"
    "Ruined potential for good mystery"
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    I was immediately intrigued by the storyline; Sara finds Rebecca's personal journals in an abandoned storage unit, and wonders what happened to her. Sara, a teacher with an art degree, goes to the art gallery where Rebecca worked, gets hired for the summer, and gets involved with Chris, an temperamental artist. Then the story becomes all about Chris, his emotional baggage, and her various problems (traumatic childhood, low self-esteem, no self respect). Once again, no one ever deals with abuse and neglect by counseling & therapy. No, Rebecca need others to validate her worth and Chris needs to dominate women and endure physical pain (in a BDSM club).

    This book ends mid drama, which would have been acceptable if the 2nd book had been better. However, I am almost done the next book in the series (a solid 20 hours of listening) in which Sara is still immature & easily manipulated and Chris is a jerk more often than a prince. While there are some good parts and I really am curious what happened to Rebecca, I don't enjoy characters in their late 20s or 30s that act as if they are still in high school.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Machine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (17)

    Rebecca Williams is about to achieve her goal of graduating from a prestigious university and winning a coveted spot in her mentor's cutting-edge psychology practice. She just needs one more qualification: sexual experience. She never dreamed it would come at the hands of the man she's admired and wanted for six years.

    K. April Holgate says: "Yummy Smexy Read!"
    "Bizarre Sex Experiments"
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    While the writing was quite good, the basic premise was beyond strange. A college professor has created the "dream machine" that turns dreams into video. Okay, that's not totally out of the realm of possibilities. Of course, this professor is a sex therapist who wants to use a person's sexual dreams to help overcome sexual dysfunctions. Okay.

    When the professor man needs a guinea pig to test his machine, he enlists his assistant, a newly graduated therapist, a quiet reserved woman who secretly adores him. Next thing, he is asking her to get naked, be strapped down to a table and video tapped while he tests her reaction to sexual stimulation. After he "watches" her dreams, he re-creates her erotic fantasies by having sex with her exactly as she imagines.

    All this is supposedly happening at a teaching university with the approval of faculty and board. Really??? While entertaining and funny in places, this book should have been in the science fiction section.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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