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Kelli

I love losing myself in books of any kind

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  • The Heat: Big Bad Wolf Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Heather Killough-Walden
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (242)

    In the debut to Heather Killough-Walden's Big Bad Wolf series, Lily St. Claire is in for a surprise when she moves back to her Louisiana hometown and finds two alpha werewolves fighting to claim her as their mate. Contains mature themes.

    Robbie says: "Lots of Heat, Very Little Fire"
    "Eh..Not bad just full of an incompetent Alpha male"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, there was really no chemistry between the hero and heroine. If mates are so scarce one would think the males would protect there mates better. Seriously how does a woman get kidnapped by wolves and humans every second.


    If you’ve listened to books by Heather Killough-Walden before, how does this one compare?

    No she has a good storyline e just very weak charaters


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator could have stayed in the same dialect through our the book. The mix between the southern drawl os the charaters and the British accent during the storyline three me off


    Could you see The Heat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes a bad B flick scary movie..... The one you say the entire time "don't go in there"


    Any additional comments?

    Book too expensive to have such a weak story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undone by the Duke: Secrets in Silk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michelle Willingham
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Reclusive designer Victoria Andrews hasn't gone outside in five years, though she yearns to escape the prison of her house. She designs sensual lingerie for the most exclusive dressmaker in London, although she has never known a man's touch.

    Cam says: "S****L****O****W"
    "VERY SLOW AND TEDIOUS"
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    What would have made Undone by the Duke better?

    Weak women annoy me... I would think strength in the heroines would have been better. I understand the main character has Agoraphobia but really she was scared of everything. Her husband, sex, outdoors, having attention on her. Really that is a little too much timidity.


    What could Michelle Willingham have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Perhaps, her books are cheap so when I don't want to spend more than $5 on a book. Really this book should have been free. Hopefuly the other books in the series will be better


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sue Pitkin’s performances?

    not a bad narrator, just she should just pick up the pace. I put the speed on 1.25x


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The Abduction... that was a little too predictable. So your are so much of an agoraphobic that you will sit in a closet while the house around you is on fire but you walk outside by yourself when a man supposedly kidnaps you sister. REALLY


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Politics: Blood Destiny, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    You'd think that life would finally be dealing Mack Smith a kind hand. Living in London and with the opening of the new and improved city version of Clava Books mere days away, things appear to be settling down. Other than the terrible nightmares about dragons, that is. Or the fact that she's being constantly tailed by a string of mages, shifters, and faeries, all of whom are constantly demanding her attention. And that's without even bringing the temptation of Corrigan, Lord Alpha of the Brethren, into the equation.

    Sarah Silverstone says: "Disappointing - Quality Sacrificed to Create Drama"
    "Still Good But Really Knowledge is Power"
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    If you could sum up Blood Politics in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, Enlighten and Engrossing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am truly enjoying the different turns and surprises. Though things are getting somewhat predictable, the storyline remains solid. Mac takes a licking and keeps on ticketing. I felt the most emotional when Mac was task to think of the Dryad race as a whole rather than individuals....Sometimes you just can't save everyone.


    Which character – as performed by Saskia Maarleveld – was your favorite?

    Alex and Sakia's renditions of his quotes and slang......."Mack-attack, Dude"


    Any additional comments?

    Mac continues to ignore her heritage to which is detrimental to the decisions she is making. Knowledge is power and the more she knows the better chance of a positive outcome of her choices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodmagic: Blood Destiny, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (225)

    After escaping the claws of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the Brethren, Mack is trying to lead a quiet lonely life in Inverness in rural Scotland, away from anyone who might happen to be a shapeshifter. However, when she lands a job at an old bookstore owned by a mysterious elderly woman who not only has a familiar passion for herbal lore but also seems to know more than she should, Mack ends up caught in a maelstrom between the Ministry of Mages, the Fae and the Brethren.

    Robert says: "Still not bad"
    "Pretty Good Beginning.... I am now intrigued"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a new author for me. I enjoy Sci-Fi and Fantasy romance genres and was looking desperately for a new series. I must say I was pleasantly surprise by this book. The storyline is a different take on the world of the Supernatural.

    I truly enjoyed the "Coming to Enlightenment" tale created for Mac the main character. While her persona is somewhat young in her way of thinking, I can see the potential of growth as the series progresses.

    Mac is an orphan in a pack of Shape Shifters, whom a first seems human but as you read through the story to get that she is not what she seems on the surface. Nor does Mac seem to really know what she is or is capable of doing with her power. She seems to have a bad temper and is a good butt kicker, even if she leaps before she looks. Hopeful she grows out of killing first and questioning later. I am looking forward to seeing if what type of relationship occurs with her and Corrigan the new "Lord Alpha" of the shifters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble Intentions: Noble Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (104)

    Noble Britton suffered greatly at the hands of his first wife, and he refuses to fall into the same trap again. This time he intends to marry a quiet, biddable woman who will not draw attention to herself or cause scandal. Gillian Leigh's honest manner and spontaneous laughter attract him immediately. It matters little that she is accident-prone; he can provide the structure necessary to guide her. But unconventional, his new bride turns the tables on him, wreaking havoc on his orderly life.

    Scotty says: "Great Book!"
    "Needing a good laugh.... Oh my"
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    Would you listen to Noble Intentions again? Why?

    There is just something about romantic comedy that puts one in the right frame of mind.


    What other book might you compare Noble Intentions to and why?

    This book reminded me a little of Mary Balogh’s or Lisa Kleypas’ historical series though this book seem to be more comedic rather than the comic relief you get with Mary or Lisa’s books. The humor is just right and well placed


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many but perhaps the scene where the Husband realizes his wife is meeting with his former "Lady Bugs (mistresses)"


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments with Nick (the Earl's son) were very touching. It is not very many women who can open there hearts to their husbands illegitimate children particularly doing this era.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow: New Species, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (412)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (387)

    Beauty resents being labeled Gift Species. Everyone is way too overprotective, males aren’t even allowed to speak to her and so far, true freedom eludes her. Then a big, sexy Species officer mistakes her for the enemy and takes her down - literally. Shadow is dumbfounded. He has a Gift pinned beneath him - a big no-no. But Beauty is fascinated and wants to know Shadow a lot better. She's full of newly discovered, unrequited passion and he’s just what she needs to satisfy her curiosity.

    BluBumbleB says: "Definitely one of my favorites in the series!"
    "FINALLY.. We get to see a Species FEMALE STORY"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was really anxious to learn more about the Female side of the Species. The author somewhat casts the females Species as having harden hearts and being cold. Not sure I understand why the males are portraited with being more sensitivty to the mating needs. Its almost if the females are casted in a negative light. It seems only the males are emotionally stable and open to relationships. I was glad to finally see the author show the needs and desires of a female.Very good storyline. I hope to see more about the women of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Breaks: Kate Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (356)

    No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: If there' s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it. As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers.

    RabidReads says: "Characters die, power shifts, a new path is forged"
    "Kate Dainels Kicking Butt and Taking Names"
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    What did you love best about Magic Breaks?

    Action, suspense and love.... This imbodies what a good story should contain. The heroine and hero of the story have a connection that you can feel and picture when listening to this book. Their relationship has truly grown of over the series with first conflict, then lust, then trust.... Just beautiful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the Kate found herself, her own purpose and an internal power. She is without "The Beast Lord" in quite a bit of the story and is able to hold her own with the Pack. Key Pack members get to form a more complete picture if Kate and her morale character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I believe my favorite senece is close to the end when Kate reveals her self to the People and the Pack. The amount of power she showed amazing but more touching is how Curran needed to be there for Kate to help her hold and balance her strength


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It excited me and kept me captivated from beginning to end. I found myself a point cheering " Its Curran, its Curran. Just in the nick of time"


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series. These are books I listen to over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Autumn Bride: Chance Sisters Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Anne Gracie
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and-with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation-the four young ladies become her "nieces," neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned!

    1955 says: "A Delightfully Light Piece of Fluff"
    "Wonderfully Light - Creating Much Needed Amusement"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Autumn Bride the most enjoyable?

    Whitty females getting the best of the alpha males in their lives. Love the strength and bond the women have in this story. Not the normal smugness usally expected fo the "Gentle People" of this era.


    What other book might you compare The Autumn Bride to and why?

    This book reminded me of Lisa Kleypas, The Hathaways Series. The oddities that just make you laugh.


    Which character – as performed by Alison Larkin – was your favorite?

    Lady Beatrice Davenham "The Aunt"; is the best and most favored charater.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book had me in stitches ..... It made laugh so hard I was crying. This is a great pick me up.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Midnight Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. L. Raand
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (119)

    What do you do when you wake up to a whole new life…with dangerous urges you can't control? Medic Drake McKennan has never been good at following protocol, so she doesn't think twice about rendering emergency care when a teenager's life is at stake - even if the young girl is in the throes of Were fever and any sane human should know better. It isn't the bright shining pain of the bite or even the wrenching agonies of the fever that convinces Drake everything in her life has changed.

    Karen says: "Graphic porn"
    "Not my thing... Not very realistic"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who don't care about the story but prefer eroticism


    Would you ever listen to anything by L. L. Raand again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Maxine Mitchell’s performance?

    Strong voice


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not really into the FF thing but I enjoy a good story. This storyline acts as though males are not necessary. But the females act like males physically. That makes no sense, females reproducing with females is the author just trying a little to hard to make the f/f mates work naturally.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Obsidian

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (425)

    Dr. Allison Baker is obsessed with saving the comatose New Species male. She has tried everything and there’s only one option left. Alli will break every rule and put her life in danger by tempting 880 to wake, using only her feminine scent and touch. She just has to kidnap him and crawl into bed with him to make it work. 880 wakes in a different world with a small female who’s been sleeping beside him, caressing him, and wrapping her sweet body around his, teasing his senses. He lies silent and still, listening and evaluating each arousing touch, fighting his body’s reaction.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "So hard... on the fence!"
    "Mary Kay Letourneau meets....Nightingale Syndrome"
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    What disappointed you about Obsidian?

    So I may be a little too harsh but, I can help thinking Dr. Allison has mental issues and was a litte too desparate. I did not feel the emotional connection between her and Obsidian. In fact I found myself thinking she was a manipulative stocker..weak, needy and irrational.


    What was most disappointing about Laurann Dohner’s story?

    There was something just off. The heronine professed wanting what was best for her "mate" but she was really irrational him learning to fit in with the other species.

    A species right out of the lab is almost child-like, learning how to living in a world of humans. She wanted Obsidian to be dependant on her and did not think about his state of mind. She is a Dr who falls in love with a comatos patient.Rather than acting the adult and using her medical knowledge to aid her or maybe calling Tricia (her boss) about his health, she steals him and trys to heal him by letting her scent him? This was after she wanted to make a female species first be the a guinea pig.....

    The whole story reminded me of school room teacher trying to convience her adolesent student to love her..... Just inappropriate


    Did Vanessa Chambers do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, while here voices can be harsh she does a prretty good job


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsidian?

    The story flow seemed to be in conflict on one hand Dr. Allison wants Obsidian to be self sufficient in the next she wants him to need her and trust only her.

    At one point in the story she is begging on her knees with her arm wrapped around Obsidians legs. REALLY


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enemy Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    Emory is a shifter living on the edge. For years he's struggled with his Alpha nature. Then he meets the one woman capable of soothing the savage beast - Mary incites a carnal hunger that leaves him eager and burning. Sweet, kind, and impossibly beautiful, Mary is everything he and his wolven half have been craving. Unfortunately, she's also something else, something dangerous - a Shepherd, bred of the line of hunters determined to destroy his kind.

    karen says: "Shifter Emory - Mary's Incredible Alpha Hunk"
    "Hmmmmm..... Again a little less sex and more story"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Perhaps


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The last story in the series


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Narrator is pretty good. She needs a stronger story to read.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nah too sluttly


    Any additional comments?

    This is just too predictable. If things are in danger the thing to do is definately the thing to do is have sex. How stupid can you be, really. If these Alpha males where mine I would have to exchange for a smarter version. I am really hoping the next is a little more action packed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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