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Carolyn

Romance Junkie

United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 38 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 239 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Collide

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Gail McHugh
    • Narrated By Mary Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (286)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    On the heels of graduating college and trying to cope with her mother's death, Emily Cooper moves to New York City for a fresh start. While harboring secrets of his own, Dillon Parker takes care of Emily through her grief. Knowing he can't live without her by his side, he's sweet, thoughtful, and everything Emily has ever wanted in a man. Until she meets Gavin Blake....

    Jordy says: "Collide is an addictive love triangle!"
    "Surprise, Surprise...It's a Winner that Grabs You!"
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    I love romance, believable romance...so many have fallen short. While Gavin is so perfect that it makes you question the possibility that such a man exists..you can't help but fall madly in love with him. Sometimes Emily upsets me with her assumptions, but then you can't help but feel you would react that way yourself... and it's easier to see bad situations from the outside, than when you're in it. I have read both books and they are majorly addictive! Be ready to lose sleep when you start these books! You can't stop listening! In fact, I started listening to them again!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (708)
    Story
    (708)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    Jordy says: "Think Wallbanger meets Beautiful Bastard...."
    "Tangled!!! Sebastian York makes Good AMAZING!!"
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    Drew and Kate are Great! I LOVE the Male POV when done well and EMMA CHASE knows the male POV! Thank you! Loved this book, loved the smart-ass self-deprecating humor and cockiness that only a guy like Drew has. Yeah Kate for hanging in there and standing up for yourself! This (audio) made a Good book Great!!! I was glad when Tangled finally came out in Audible. I like my books both in ereader and Audio form. That said, I kind of dislike the females doing the male voices. NOW, that said, Sebastian York rocks (even if a feminine voice by him is ok)..... I could listen to him all day long. Listen up authors....Sebastian York and Jonathan Cole (and Jim Frangione) are voices the ladies can listen to all day long...yes there are good female narrators and I love when they switch back and forth too....but these guys are downright the epitome of sexy. Please Please Sebastian, narrate more books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (780)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "LOVE MAX AND SARAH!!!!"
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    I have really liked this series. That said, I have other series I have liked more. That was until I stopped focusing totally on Bennet and Chloe. Beautiful Bombshell was a fun focus on Vegas, Beautiful Beginnings a great conclusion and Beautiful Player (AMAZING!) I dug them. Thanks for the Continuity! Please read: Beautiful Player and Stranger were left off my list because I didn't know if it would pay to step away from focusing on Bennet and Chloe (Did I like the series enough to pay for them??). I was wrong. After I finally listened to Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara) , I realized I needed to Listen to Will's story. Both Stranger and Player go into Depth in their characters - I love the his and hers versions and the accents by the way on these narrations as well - this is one of the cases where the narration surpasses the written book. Perhaps it's the evolution of the series in my mind, but I prefer to think it's the evolution of the writing (getting better and better) and the redeeming qualities of the characters in this story that puts it on top. Yes Will and Max are/were man whores - WERE is the operative word. The bigger they are, the harder they fall - Love these books, give me some more! Beautiful Player is by FAR the best of the series, and next best is Beautiful Stranger - Bennet and Chloe need more personalization - don't get me wrong, love them, but what they're feeling is never as clear as it is with Will and Hannah and Max and Sarah - I look forward to your continued growth in writing and more books like Player and Stranger - Narration Outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bitch

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Kirby Heybourne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (468)

    Picking up where Beautiful Bastard left off, Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan continue their steamy, combative relationship. Just when Chloe’s career starts to take off, Bennett wishes it would all slow down long enough to spend a wild night alone with his girlfriend. But after he refuses to take no for an answer, Chloe and Bennett find themselves with two plane tickets, one French Villa, and a surprising conversation that, predictably, leaves them wrestling under the covers.

    Katheryne says: "Loving this *HOT* series"
    "Excellent Continuity - Read the Whole Series"
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    I have really liked this series. That said, I have other series I have liked more. That was until I stopped focusing totally on Bennet and Chloe. Beautiful Bombshell was a fun focus on Vegas, I dug it. Thanks for the Continuity! Please read: Beautiful Player was left off my list because I didn't know if it would pay to step away from focusing on Bennet and Chloe (Did I like the series enough to pay for this one??). I was wrong. After I finally listened to Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara) , I realized I needed to Listen to Will's story on this one. Both Stranger and Player go into Depth in their characters - I love the his and hers versions and the accents by the way on these narrations as well - this is one of the cases where the narration surpasses the written book. Perhaps it's the evolution of the series in my mind, but I prefer to think it's the evolution of the writing (getting better and better). Bennet and Chloe still need more personalization - don't get me wrong, love them, but what they're feeling is never as clear as it is with Will and Hannah and Max and Sarah - I look forward to your continued growth in writing - especially since Beautiful Player..I'm hungry for more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (312)

    Wedding bells can't chime soon enough for Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Chloe, exasperated and stressed by all the last-minute to-dos, is on the verge of saying "I do" to eloping. For his part, Bennett's so worried about being distracted by Chloe's body that he makes a no-sex-until-the-wedding-night rule that only seems to be making things worse by continually backfiring on him.

    Jordy says: "Filthy, dirty, hilariously sweet love story!"
    "Fun Ending, I LOVE the Continuity!"
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    I have really liked this series. That said, I have other series I have liked more. That was until I stopped focusing totally on Bennet and Chloe totally . Beautiful Bombshell was a fun focus on Vegas, I dug it. Beautiful Beginning was great because it was sooo Bennet and Chloe! Thanks for the Continuity! Please read: Beautiful Player was left off my list because I didn't know if it would pay to step away from focusing on Bennet and Chloe (Did I like the series enough to pay for this one??). I was wrong. After I finally listened to Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara) , I realized I needed to Listen to Will's story on this one. Both Stranger and Player go into Depth in their characters - I love the his and hers versions and the accents by the way on these narrations as well - this is one of the cases where the narration surpasses the written book. Perhaps it's the evolution of the series in my mind, but I prefer to think it's the evolution of the writing (getting better and better) and the redeeming qualities of the characters in this story that puts it on top. Bennet and Chloe still need more personalization more inner dialogue on Chloe's part especially. Don't get me wrong, love them, but what they're feeling is never as clear as it is with Will and Hannah and Max and Sarah - I look forward to your continued growth in writing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bombshell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cole, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (382)

    When Max, Henry, and Will steal Bennett away for a weekend of shenanigans and strippers in Vegas, the first stop of the night doesn’t go at all as planned. With their scheme for a "Guys' Weekend" completely derailed anyway, Max and Bennett begin to play a wild game of stealth and secrecy in order to have their bombshells all over Sin City.

    Katheryne says: "What happens in Vegas....is HOT"
    "Great Series! Love the 360 view!"
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    I have really liked this series. That said, I have other series I have liked more. That was until I stopped focusing totally on Bennet and Chloe. Beautiful Bombshell was a fun focus on Vegas, I dug it. Thanks for the Continuity! Please read: Beautiful Player was left off my list because I didn't know if it would pay to step away from focusing on Bennet and Chloe (Did I like the series enough to pay for this one??). I was wrong. After I finally listened to Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara) , I realized I needed to Listen to Will's story. Both Stranger and Player go into Depth in their characters - I love the his and hers versions and the accents by the way on these narrations as well - this is one of the cases where the narration surpasses the written book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Player

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (535)
    Story
    (531)

    When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she's determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother's gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

    Jordy says: "another hot installment in the Beautiful series!"
    "Will & Hannah Best of the Series! Give us More"
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    I have really liked this series. That said, I have other series I have liked more. That was until I stopped focusing totally on Bennet and Chloe. Beautiful Player was left off my list because I didn't know if it would pay to step away from focusing on Bennet and Chloe (Did I like the series enough to pay for this one??). I was wrong. After I finally listened to Beautiful Stranger (Max and Sara) , I realized I needed to Listen to Will's story on this one. Both Stranger and Player go into Depth in their characters - I love the his and hers versions and the accents by the way on these narrations as well - this is one of the cases where the narration surpasses the written book. Perhaps it's the evolution of the series in my mind, but I prefer to think it's the evolution of the writing (getting better and better) and the redeeming qualities of the characters in this story that puts it on top. Yes Will is a man whore - but he redeems himself in my eyes - and the bigger they are, the harder they fall - Love this book, give me some more! This is by FAR the best of the series, and next best is Beautiful Stranger - Bennet and Chloe need more personalization - don't get me wrong, love them, but what they're feeling is never as clear as it is with Will and Hannah - I look forward to your continued growth in writing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Disarm: The Complete Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By June Gray
    • Narrated By Emily Durante, Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    When the secrets of the past begin to surface, the truth can be disarming…Twenty-six-year-old Elsie Sherman has had a crush on her brother’s best friend, Henry Logan, since she was twelve years old. Unfortunately, Henry - now an Air Force officer - has only ever treated her like a younger sister, stepping into her brother’s shoes after he was killed in action. That is until the night when one dance ignites a sensual fire between the two, leaving Elsie aroused and confused.

    Jordy says: "Believable characters and an adorable love story."
    "Love with a Soldier, and all the fallout"
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    I thought this book really resonated. We have so many men and women who have lived with so much. And the fallout happens with them and those they love. I thought this book dealt very well with the subject of PTSD - and what it takes to fit back into life in general - I look forward to her next book! Narration was excellent and showing both POV's was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wildflower Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kimberley Freeman
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (331)

    In 1920s Glasgow, Beattie Blaxland falls pregnant to her married lover Henry just before her nineteenth birthday. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia. In 2009, London, prima ballerina Lydia Blaxland-Hunter is also discovering that life can also have its ups and downs. Unable to dance again after a fall, Lydia returns home to Australia to recuperate.

    David P. McGivern says: "Engaging, believable"
    "Don't Let the Title Fool You - Not a Light Story"
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    I can't say enough my surprise at the epic love story, parallel stories, modern and 70 years back - you won't soon forget it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Best selling author James Patterson has written a love story! Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas is a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope. Browse more Patterson.

    Ella says: "A good"
    "Patterson Rocks! Beautiful, Heart Wrenching Story"
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    Any one would die to have a Matt like this Matt - you love Suzanne, you Love Katie, the mark of a great storyteller is that they suck you in and make you emotionally invested in the characters. While I like Sam's Letters to Jennifer more...this book still rocks, is highly worth the listen - my only critique is - too short, ending is too abrupt, I could listen a lot longer - but I love my HEA's and I got it - so Hooray James, looking forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Letters to Jennifer

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Anne Heche, Jane Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Dear Listener,
    Have you ever gotten a letter that changed your life completely? It happened to me once. I still can feel the urgency that overtook me as I opened the envelope and the hunger I felt for whatever that letter would say. It seemed as if my entire life hung in the balance as I read.

    Julia says: "Too Sweet for Me"
    "I Dare You to Not Love this Book!"
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    You can't put it down, you can't sleep - this book is amazing from beginning to end, you'll feel great, you'll love Jennifer and Brendan and Sam and "Doc" - it's not all happiness, I haven't cried this hard from a book in a while, and you will too...but I promise you a great ending...and I didn't want it to end. The only, only critique I have of the narration is - why the music competing with the narration (this is not all the time, here and there) take it out! Not needed..otherwise, excellent narration, excellent, excellent story, one of my "Unforgettables".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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