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  • Fury of Ice: Dragonfury, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (792)

    Homicide detective Angela Keen thrives on the city’s rough streets. But when she becomes the prize of all prizes in the dragon-shifter world, due to her “high-energy” status, she gets more than she bargained for. Kidnapped by Lothair of the Razorback clan, Angela barely survives captivity before managing to escape. Hurt and alone with nowhere to hide, she faces certain death when Lothair uses the trace energy she leaves in her wake to hunt her down. But before he can reach her, a mystery dragon-shifter intervenes and saves Angela’s life.

    ducksandruns says: "Becoming less 'Ward' and more 'Callahan'..."
    "Fury of Fun"
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    I know many think this series is a rip-off of the Black Daggar Brotherhood, which I'm completely devoted to, but I'm really starting to like it for what it is. Yes, there are some similarities in the speaking style and the branding of products, but the stories are completely different. There are enough differences to make listening worthwhile. I really like how both characters are quickly drawn together. I really get bored with the typical romance novels that keep the hero or heroine fighting until the end before finally giving in to what they both want. This series focuses more on the external struggles while allowing the couples to quickly accept their need to be together. The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are really good. The author does a great job of connecting you with each character. Overall I highly recommend giving this series a chance and look forward to what the author has in store for all the other Night Fury members.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (325)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Disturbingly Drawn In"
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    Okay, let's be honest. You shouldn't want to like this sort of content, but like car accidents, you can't help but look. I was disturbed that I was drawn into this story and felt disgust at times that I was so intrigued. However, the author does such a great job of revealing facets of Olivia and Caleb that are worth investing in. She helps you move beyond the superficial situation to believe in what could be there between them. You really start to understand and sympathize with each character’s plight and hope for a way out for them both. They are both damaged, but are stronger because of it. It’s strange to see something grow between them given the situation, but you can’t help but hope they will rise above it all. I will be listening to the next book to find out how they get to their HEA. Obviously they will, but I can't wait to find out how. It's a great story and great narration. Don't miss this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Eyes Wide Open: The Blackstone Affair, Part 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (465)

    Big surprises are on the horizon for Ethan and Brynne as they struggle to adjust to what life has thrown at them. Demons from the past are threatening to destroy the passionate bond they’ve forged despite their vow that nothing will ever keep them apart. A truly devastating loss coupled with the promise of a new hope opens their eyes to what is most important, but is it possible for the lovers to move on from the painful histories that continue to haunt them?

    Katheryne says: "Perfection"
    "Addictive!"
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    I've listened to this book twice just to be sure I loved it as much as I thought I did the first time. I DO! The narration is probably the biggest reason, but I enjoyed the story too. Shane East just did it for me. Checking out Raine Miller's website shows that there will be a book 4. Yay!!! I hope it's also made into an audiobook WITH THE SAME NARRATORS PLEASE! I can't wait to find out how the entire story plays out. This series will definitely remain one of my favorites and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All In: The Blackstone Affair, Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Shane East, Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (497)

    Ethan Blackstone has a problem on his hands. He’s broken Brynne's trust, and she’s left him. He's unwilling to live without her and isn’t giving up - he's dead-set on getting his beautiful American girl back. Here is the fiery story of what happens when two people surrender to a love so great it can heal the scars of the past and give way to a life of pure, rapturous ecstasy.

    Anybody says: "A Sexy Brit Does Me In Every Time!"
    "Once Was Not Enough!"
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    What a great series so far! After reading Part 2 I immediately started the series over again. The narration is fantastic and Shane East is my new favorite male narrator. What a sexy voice. I truly hope he picks up another series because he is amazing.

    The great thing about this story so far is that it does a great job balancing the drama, sex, and character development. I never once got bored and wanted to jump ahead or wish they would stop repeating the same phrases. The story is so well written that I was easily drawn into the emotions of the characters and experiencing the story along with them. It was also fun to hear all the British slang; especially Ethan’s internal dialog. There were many LOL moments.

    This series should not be compared to FSOG or the Crossfire series. It's in a league of its own. I will be starting Part 3 upon submitting this review. I can’t wait!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (583)

    Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

    BluBumbleB says: "Wow!!!!! I'm speechless."
    "Pulled in Quickly"
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    This was a short and sweet listen that immediately sucked me in. Yes there are many similarities to 50 shades and the Crossfire novels, but the story is different enough to snag you. I loved the narration split between Grace and Shane. It's a nice change in listening and Shane just flat out did it for me. He ranks right up there with Phil Gigante. I’m a sucker for great accents. I'm also a believer in love at first site and I like stories where the love interests quickly recognize their attraction and act on it. The book ends with broken trust, so thankfully the other two are already available. I’ve jumped into book two without hesitation and I can't wait to finish the series. Don't pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (408)

    In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.

    Catherine says: "Amazing read, but be warned..."
    "An Amazing Edition to the Series!"
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    I loved this book far more than I had expected. How Nalini Singh was able to take a character so unlikeable and untrustworthy and turn him into an amazing hero is a testament to her talent. What I really liked is how she didn’t use the typical angst or games to bring these two together. I knew early on they belonged together and was excited to see it all evolve.

    The heroine was rescued by the hero after years of torture and he painstakingly brought her back to life and sanity. As he did the story of their past was revealed and how it had irrevocably shaped him. While his image of their future and the future of the world at times seems harsh, you quickly learn that his every decision in life was/is determined by his love for her. Her character was equally compelling. Her Psy conditioning was fractured which allowed her to feel things from an early age. This ability allowed her to reach out and touch the lives of those who desperately needed love and care. That gift brought them together in the past and will keep them together in the future. At the beginning I was worried she would be a weak character, but in the end she was the strongest character.

    The rest of the story was fantastic as well. All the characters from the past came together to save lives and save their collective futures. You always knew the changelings had a future due to their love and loyalty, but it was hard to imagine how the Psy future could be a positive one. I think with the changes revealed in this book the Psy future has the potential to be better than it ever had a chance of before. I can’t wait to see where Nalini takes this series. Initially I thought I would stop at this book, but there’s no chance of that happening now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Unmasked

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    Half-werewolf, half-Aedh Risa Jones is beginning to believe that the only way to find the keys she’s been searching for and save her friends is by dying. And when Wolfgang Schmidt, the lover of her boss at the vampire council, is found dead, her worst fears are confirmed. With the first portal of hell permanently open, the energies of the dark path are leaching into the world. Searching for Schmidt’s killer and the keys at the same time, Risa and reaper Azriel track a shape-shifting spider spirit capable of changing her form into a seductive woman. But when they finally find the second key, the Aedh Lucian snatches it and disappears.

    Michele says: "don't bother"
    "Just Disappointed"
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    Not sure why so many on Amazon are giving this 5 stars. Not sure what Keri Arthur is thinking these days. Maybe she's becoming like Gena Showalter and no longer interested in the details of the relationships in her books. While I'm all for a great story line I also read these books for their love interests and how they ultimately come together. After reading page after page and nothing more than hints about Risa and Azriel's growing relationship, we get a rape scene with more details than the love scenes. WTH? On top of that, Risa can't seem to make intelligent choices to save her life....literally. A sign of that was the bad feeling she was having up to entering the warehouse, yet she does it anyway. A bigger sign was the ending. It just blew me away. She gives Lucian the benefit of the doubt a dozen times and one perceived mistake on Azriel’s part signifies the end. Talk about ungrateful and small-minded thinking. It was over the top. Beyond all that you have the meandering of Hunter’s schemes which add nothing to the story line. You also have the incredibly strong, intelligent family members better equipped to deal with the situation yet she keeps them in the dark. I loved her Guardian Series, but have felt cheated since the start of this one. She never lets Risa grow nor learn from her mistakes. She doesn’t let Risa have the intelligence to reach out to those who might know more than she does. She writes Risa as weak minded and weak acting. Risa is a far cry from Riley Jensen. This series is just a shadow of the Guardian Series. By the end I was totally done and have decided I will not buy the rest of the series. Maybe if it comes to my local library and my disappointment has abated, I’ll listen to the final books. Maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    Deadly Game begins as a mission to protect a politician from an assassination threat. But the operation takes an unexpected turn when Mari, a mysteriously beautiful GhostWalker, is taken hostage. At the same time, Ken Norton, expert assassin and himself a GhostWalker warrior, is on a mission of his own - one that reaches into Mari's own past. No stranger to the ways of violent warfare, Mari must join forces with Ken and trust his every move - each one more intimate than the last.

    Tanya says: "Great Book"
    "Broken But Not Down"
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    What did you love best about Deadly Game?

    Ken was broken in every way, but stronger than any man could hope to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ken. After his torture he struggled to find ways to live and remain human. He found his humanity in spades.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't stick to one favorite scene. There were two that wouldn't let me go. When he was there with Marigold through the doctor's examination. He took her away from that horror. Then he saved her from the rape by the one she thought was her friend. Both reeled me in and broke my heart. She was so brave and it was sad that she had to be.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Broken Beauty, Broken Beast


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy Game: Ghost Walkers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschutle
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (257)

    In Conspiracy Game, fiery passion erupts between GhostWalker Jack Norton and trapeze artist Briony - predetermined soulmates through genetic engineering - as they combat a corrupt scientist's evil machinations.

    Amazon Customer says: "Conspiracy Games"
    "Extraordinay Series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Conspiracy Game to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Tom Stechschutle brings the story to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The action mixed with the love story. Great balance that reels you in. Some books are over-sexed with very little plot. This book mixes the two in perfect measure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Briony asks Jack for help. They are so conflicted over the situation yet unable to pull away from each other.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes I did. It was so compelling that I listed again in case I missed something.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series. I've listened to them all more than once. One of my favorite series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Dreaming

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    For the first time on audio, here is number one New York Times best-selling author Karen Marie Moning’s novella Into the Dreaming, a tale of Highland fantasy, star-crossed lovers, and the timeless manipulation of the ancient, immortal Unseelie king. This is Moning at her romantic, funniest finest. Caught in a deadly game between the light and dark courts of the Fae, Jane must find a way through the ice to the heart of her Highander. But will the love of one mortal woman be enough to defeat such ancient and ruthless immortal enemies?

    CAROLYN says: "Ahhh ..... it's short but oh sooooo good!!!"
    "Really Dreamie"
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    A little bit of heaven and a little bit of sadness. I so loved Karen Marie Moning's highlander series. It's sad to know that she's probably done with it. Every book in the series was magical. When Into The Dreaming was offered as an audiobook I immediately jumped on it. It was a short, but fulfilling story. KM Moning's highlanders coupled with Phil Gigante's narration means stories on steroids no matter how short. It's a combination that can't be beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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