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Kim D.

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  • The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Diaries #5: The Asylum

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin T Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Driven from their hometown of Mystic Falls, both Stefan Salvatore and his brother, Damon, arrived in Europe looking for a fresh start. But Samuel, a wealthy and cunning vampire, has other plans for them. First he ruined Stefan’s peaceful existence and now he’s framing Damon for the most gruesome murders London has ever seen. United against their common enemy, Stefan and Damon are stunned when they realize that the source of Samuel’s rage lies in their past - tied up with the woman who changed their lives.

    Kim D. says: "Better than previous books"
    "Better than previous books"
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    I don't know if this book was better than the preview few in this particular series or if it was just better because I listened to it on Audio instead of reading it. But I did enjoy this one more that the others.

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  • The Vampire Voss

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Colleen Gleason
    • Narrated By Victor Villar-Hauser
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Regency London - a dizzying whirl of balls and young ladies pursued by charming men. But the Woodmore sisters are hunted by a more sinister breed: Lucifer's own. Voss, also known as Viscount Dewhurst, relishes the sensual pleasures immortality affords. A member of the Dracule - a cabal of powerful, secretive noblemen marked with a talisman that reveals their bartered souls - the mercenary Voss has remained carefully neutral...until Angelica.

    Nicola says: "Sorry try again"
    "I LOVE Colleen Gleason"
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    It's no secret that Colleen Gleason is my favorite author. In fact, the Gardella Vampire Chronicles is by far my favorite book series. So it's no surprise that I loved Lucifer's Rogue as well!

    Voss reminds me quite a bit of Sebastian, and since he was my favorite character in GVC, of course I fancy Voss. He's charming, attractive, and quite selfish. He's smitten with Angelica, but that doesn't change his personality like many romance stories go... no, he continues to do what he wants, use her for information to keep himself a step ahead of the rest, as well as playing pranks on poor grumpy Dimitri. He does try his best to keep her safe, even from himself.

    Angelica has a few surprises of her own. A strong minded woman in that time period was a rare thing, and I enjoyed reading from her perspective.

    I love the twist on Vampire lore; each having a special affliction. It adds a dimension to the storyline that other paranormal plots lack.

    Colleen's writing is the only regency period books that I've ever enjoyed, and the fact that they are my favorites says a lot. She just has a way with words. Another thing I love about her writing style is the way she seamlessly switches between character pov's. There are many books that have frustrated me, some I couldn't even finish, because it's hard to follow or just flat out annoying to read from an unimportant character's pov. But Colleen's transitions are perfect and when it switches you aren't confused about who it is, or where the story picks up.

    I'm excited to start the second book in the series

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  • Complete Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (593)

    For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Complete Me the final book of the Stark Trilogy!"
    "Predictable and slightly disapointing."
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    The third and final book in the Stark Trilogy has back stepped a little for me; it wasn't as good as the second book, but still better than the first.

    ** spoiler alert**
    It starts off with the drama of the trial in Germany, and with the amount of build up for it and the seriousness of a murder trial you'd expect that to play a large roll in the book... but no, day 1 of the trial and it's suddenly dismissed. Done, lets go home. Seriously? I think it should have taken up more of the storyline. I get that the reason the trial was dismissed takes over the drama portion of the story, it just seems like such a big thing that was too easily dismissed.

    When they finally come out of their protective bubble there are several issues distressing the couple, and it seemed that drama is hitting them from all sides. Constant rumors popping up in the tabloids, his ex girlfriends, and the threat of Damien's past going public, not to mention some crazy person stalking Nikki.

    Damien is slowly starting to open up to Nikki; Nikki is finally taking the steps to being her own boss, and despite all the drama surrounding them they seem to be happy. At one point in this book though, I almost feel like they've adopted Jaimie - taking her on a mini vacation, staying at the house with them, wrecking the Ferrari. sigh.

    The whole book just had this blah vibe to me, another billionaire dom with a tortured past getting his happily ever after... There were some suspenseful moments that caught me off guard, Sophia in particular. I knew she was behind it, just didn't expect her to be in plain sight the whole time. A lot of it you could see coming and that's a bit disappointing. There were so many potentially good plots I could visualize that it's almost sad nothing came from them.

    All in all it was a good series, nice for a few days of reading. It's not spectacular, I don't want to read it again or see a movie made out of it, but just another check off my list of books

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  • Claim Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (719)

    Damien Stark’s need is palpable - his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely.

    Katheryne says: "50 Shades better than the rest..."
    "Much better than the first book."
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    Claim Me was MUCH better than Release Me, and I will definitely be reading the conclusion, Complete Me.
    There was more story to grasp onto in the second book, not to mention more action, both in the bed and out. The couple faces the everyday lifestyle problems of the rich and famous, most notably the paparazzi. I love the few mentions of TMZ, I could see the tour bus in my head following them around the streets of LA and Harvey bashing them from the office. lol
    They are each battling things from their past as well, and it all comes crashing down on them - forcing them to face their demons head on.

    Seriously though, 'your like a drug to me... I don't have the strength to deny myself...' I felt like I was being pulled in to the TWILIGHT zone. HA Then the several mentions of lip biting, some Fifty Shades action for you too.

    Other then that it was worth the read. Damien shows more character in this one, and he isn't the same crazy controlling Billionaire that Mr. Grey is, turns out this one has some feelings that he's willing to show and isn't quite as broken.

    Off to read the next book...

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  • Release Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (931)

    He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past - and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him - and us - forever.

    Katheryne says: "Why isn't this book in your library????"
    "Not bad, not great either."
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    Okay, it starts off with 'For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You' and that should have been my first clue. I thought perhaps with the high ratings (averaging 4+ stars) it would at least be unique...

    We are presented with a super sexy billionaire, Damien Stark; with his troubled past continually coming back to haunt him, he has a team of lawyers to keep his skeletons in the closet.

    Damien sets his sights on Nikki Fairchild, a perfectly gorgeous former beauty queen from Texas, or is she? Nikki is battling her own demons from the past, most notable is her controlling mother, the death of her older sister, and the resulting mental problems that caused.


    Sound familiar? No... what about this.

    Damien is described as dangerous, emotionally damaged, brooding, Dominant, extremely private, anger issues, and is never seen photographed with the same woman twice.

    Nikki is emotionally damaged, sharing a place with her best friend, weak and yet strong... shes loyal to her friends but doesn't want help for herself, is extremely inexperienced sexually.

    It starts off really slow, the first few chapters are simply setting up the plot of the story and nothing really happens. We basically are just given back stories to the characters, how they ended up in LA, and how they all connect to each other.

    For an erotic romance it could have used more erotic scenes. There was a hint of bdsm, but it lasted a page or two and consisted of a blindfold and bound hands that were gone before the actual intercourse starts.. If your after a decent story with a couple of quick sexual encounters then this is the book for you. This is more story than sex - perhaps it gets better in the next book. I was at the tipping point most of the book, but the last few pages pushed me over and there was just enough pull to read the second one and see what happens.

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  • My Soul to Take: Soul Screamers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (908)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (560)

    Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

    Bethany says: "A true page-turner..."
    "suspense"
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    This book is full of suspense and teenage angst. At times you will find yourself on edge waiting to see what happens, and others your thinking to yourself, seriously are you THANT dense?! Kaylee and Nash make a great couple, but I'm hoping in future books the author will bring into play that socially they are on opposite sides of the school and see what kind of drama that can stir up. I'm acutely interested to find out more about Todd as well, I think a love triangle would be a great twist in the future!
    Overall it's a really good book and I'm excited to read the next one.
    I was actually surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did being that there are no vampires...

    Audible was having a sale and I found this book among the titles, my deciding factor was the narrator - I've listened to several of her books in the past and enjoyed them so I figured, why not give it a try.

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  • Be Mine Tonight (The Brotherhood of Blood, Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kathryn Smith
    • Narrated By Vanessa Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    For nearly six centuries I have roamed the night, a mortal man no longer. Would that I could undo the past -- when I entered the sanctuary of the Knights Templar to wrest from them the Holy Grail, only to discover the chalice I raised to my lips was not the sacred relic but a hellish cup of damnation. Now I shun the day and all things human, driven by an ungodly thirst. And yet...

    CAROLYN says: "AAHHHHH, WHAT A JOY WHEN A WRITER GETS IT RIGHT !"
    "Starts slow"
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    I listened to the audio book, and it took a few chapters for me to get used to the voice, but as the story progressed and became more interesting I payed no attention to the voice and just focused on what it was saying.
    A little slow in the beginning, but once it gets going you must know how it ends. There are several twists and turns along the way, a few of them I actually didn't see coming, and that's always a good thing! Nearing the end of the story is quite emotional, and I just knew that was it... it was going to be a sad love story. BUT the author surprised me with a few happier chapters to end the book!

    I downloaded this book during a sale on Audible.com and am really quite glad I gave it a shot.

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  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2172)
    Performance
    (2007)
    Story
    (2009)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "Action packed"
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    This is another book that I downloaded from an audible.com sale.

    I was quite pleased with this one. It took some getting used to listening to a man tell the story, and at first I found myself giggling when he would attempt the woman's voice, but after a while I was too engrossed in the story to pay any attention to the sounds.

    This is an engaging book from start to finish. There is always some type of action going on, whether its a fight or play time. I would say bedroom time, but that wasn't always the case. What more do you expect from a wolf though?

    Usually I hate books that flip flop from one character to the other, but in this case, the way it was written, made it all the more enjoyable. It was frustrating at times to know they were both thinking the same thing but assuming something different about the other... but that's what reading is all about. Finding yourself invested in the characters lives and feeling emotions as they do.

    This is definitely a series I will continue with!

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  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3112)
    Performance
    (2836)
    Story
    (2855)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Rebecca says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "Doesn't disappoint"
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    This book didn't disappoint!
    It was full of suspense, drama and it almost had a mystery feel to it as you try to figure out who's doing what and or who, as well as speculation on Gideon's secrets. I mean, what IS he hiding?! lol Sometimes it a bit frustrating, but in a good way, I just want to yell at the characters and tell them how stupid they are being, but that's a good thing right, it means I'm invested in the characters - and once again Sylvia Day pulled me in and kept me entertained for a few hours.

    I can't wait for the next book to be released so I can read it! I do like that there is no cliff hanger, I could stop reading the series now and I wouldn't feel like I'm missing out on the end. Don't get me wrong, I WILL be reading book 3!!

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  • My Soul to Save: Soul Screamers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (371)

    Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies. So when teen pop star Eden croaks onstage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is dead wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved it!"
    "Good Book"
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    Another good book by Rachel Vincent. Just enough suspense and mystery to keep you interested, and the storyline is believable; I mean, I can see pop princesses selling their souls to get where they are!
    There were a few moments when I wanted to tell them they were being stupid, but something else would distract me and I'd forget about it.
    All in all it was a good book and I plan to read the next one to see what happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Night: Morganville Vampires, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (109)

    Thanks to its unique combination of human and vampire residents, Morganville, Texas, is a small college town with big-time problems. When student Claire Danvers gets the chance to experience life on the outside, she takes it. But Morganville isn't the only town with vampire trouble. Claire never thought she'd leave Morganville, but when she gets accepted into the graduate program at MIT, she can't pass up the opportunity. Saying good-bye to her friends is bittersweet, especially since things are still raw and unsettled between Claire and her boyfriend, Shane.

    Lisa says: "Ok, Where to start..."
    "I wasn't feeling this one."
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    ** spoiler alert ** I'm not sure how I feel about this book...

    I don't know if it's because the setting isn't in Morganville, but I just wasn't feeling this one. You can tell the series is coming to an end because it seems like the story is very fragile and new ideas are hard to come by. I feel as though I read for a couple of hours and came out with nothing. What really happened in the book of any importance? In the first couple of chapters Shane is bitten by a hell hound, and he hints about it bothering him from time to time but nothing ever comes of it until the very end but you have to wait until the next book to find out. Apparently the humans have taken over Morganville... but again it comes in the last chapter.
    Claire left Morganville to attend college, but she never goes to a single class. The first half of the book the worst that happens is her roommates stalker, and then he dies trying to save her?! I mean, really? There just wasn't much substance to this book and the more I think about it the more it aggravates me. As much as I LOVE and ADORE this series I think it's time for it to come to an end. When the authors run out of ideas and story starts to suffer it's time to put it down.

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