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CAROLYN

I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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  • Highland Warrior: Clan Campbell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (388)

    The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses as a suitor to a rival clan's daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred.

    NEW NAME says: "I am so torn, I loved it, I hated it"
    "Great start to a great series."
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    This is a really great series of books by Monica McCarty, love stories between feuding clans in the Highlands. Highland books are about the Campbells and Highlander books are about the MacLeods. Get them all and listen to them in order - you won't be disappointed.

    Well worth a credit.

    Roger Hampton's Scottish voices made them a real winner for me.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The 27 Club

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kim Karr
    • Narrated By Callie Dalton
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You might think you want to be a member - but trust me, this is one club you don't want to join. It's not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires - there are no handcuffs or blindfolds. The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, there is no doubt: I'm next. This is my destiny... and I was ready to yield.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5 STARS..... GOOD ENOUGH BUT I HOPED FOR BETTER"
    "3.5 STARS..... GOOD ENOUGH BUT I HOPED FOR BETTER"
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    A nice easygoing contemporary listen about Zoey's belief that her family is cursed and some members of her family have died when they reached 27.... like her Grandfather did, her Mother did, her Brother Zach did and now she's convinced that destiny has picked her to be next. Raw and grieving over her Brother's death she's gone to Florida to clear out his house and to reconnect with his life but what she finds is Zach's handsome best friend Nate, instant chemistry and a whole lot of questions follow.

    Nate's a no commitment Alpha type of guy and Zoey thinks she has no future so, whilst she's staying there boxing up her Brother's stuff they agree to have a 'no strings' fling because the sexual tension between them is off the charts. Shocking discoveries are made regarding her Brother and there's an even bigger one later on. Meanwhile she is battling her ever growing feelings for Nate and, even though they continue to have lots and lots of very enjoyable sex, she cannot allow herself to get attached to him because of her dreaded destiny. But Nate gives out mixed signals.... possessiveness, jealousy and then distance..... until a hurricane forces his hand.

    Told from Zoey's POV but with a couple of chapters from Nate and Zach's POV too and the narration was good, there was humor but somehow I just couldn't connect to the characters... especially Zoey whose 'doom and gloom' attitude got repetitive and boring.

    Worth a credit? There seemed to be a lot of sex but not much romance (until the end) and the plot didn't have a happy vibe and it was misleading as The 27 Club is just what Zoey called it and it wasn't an actual Club with members. So, I'm afraid I have to say NO not worth a credit IMHO but maybe a purchase when on sale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Arsen: A Broken Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mia Asher
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright, Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    One glance was all it took... I'm a cheater. I'm a liar. My whole life is a mess. I love a man. No, I love two men... I think. One makes love to me. The other sets me on fire. One is my rock. The other is my kryptonite. I'm broken, lost, and disgusted with myself. But I can't stop. This is my story. My broken love story.

    CAROLYN says: "IT'S RAW, IT'S HEARTBREAKING & VERY ADDICTIVE TOO"
    "IT'S RAW, IT'S HEARTBREAKING & VERY ADDICTIVE TOO"
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    Be prepared because this tragic love story is full of heartache, regrets and pain. It tells the story of Cathy and Ben's perfect marriage and deep love they have for each other and this is also told in flashbacks of how they first met and fell in love. But slowly, after four miscarriages, the hurt and broken dreams becomes too much for Cathy and all that is left is a cold empty shell where her heart once beat. She wanted to numb the pain and escape her thoughts and her marriage and the only way she could do that was by cheating on her loving husband with Arsen.

    Arsen is a gorgeous womanising blonde sex God but he changes his ways for Cathy then they have an all consuming obsessive affair and, at night, Cathy would return to her handsome loving husband's bed and she felt cheap, worthless and confused. But the lies became too much, jealousies flared and emotions became raw as the day came when she knew she had to walk away from one of the two men she loved and the dilemma and decision broke hearts and shattered souls. However, the heartbreak doesn't end there because further news will destroy and devastate but it also gives hope too and the return of bitter-sweet dreams.

    This is a very emotional hard hitting love story that's about the effect miscarriages has on a woman whose only mental coping mechanism to block the pain out is to succumb to the sexual charms of a younger man who is already a shoulder to cry on rather than in her husband's waiting arms. Cathy has a lot of agonising decisions to make and, although I disagreed with the choice she ultimately made, I've never had a miscarriage (let alone four) so I cannot judge her or testify to the frame of mind that finally tipped her over the top.... and sadly the consequences were devastating.

    But I do know this was a riveting heartbreaking listen that was very well written and had me pausing because I couldn't stand the pain that was coming next, then pausing because I wanted to savour and prolong the end and pausing before the eventual HEA ending. However, I wasn't prepared for even more heartache in the Epilogue. Told mainly from Cathy's POV but there are a few chapters when we get to share Ben and Arsen's feelings. Narrator was ok but I thought the male voices could have been better.

    Worth a credit? If you think you can handle an amazing and brilliantly written controversial love triangle with lots of drama, sex, tender passion filled pleas and broken promises as three people's heart's are torn apart and the destruction that's left in it's wake then YES you'll find it, as I did, creditworthy. But it's not a listen that'll leave you with a happy feeling because lives were shattered, years were lost and someone had to walk away.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Feeling Hot

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Elle Kennedy
    • Narrated By David Benjamin Bliss
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    It's been a rough month for Navy SEAL Cash McCoy. Fresh off six months of celibacy during his deployment, he almost got into a hot blonde's panties before they were interrupted. Since then he still hasn't gotten laid. The reason? He lost her number. And no other woman has replaced her face in his fantasies. Then his CO asks him to keep an eye on his sister for a few weeks. Just until her psycho-stalker ex is transferred.

    CAROLYN says: "YES I'M FEELING HOT & HAPPY & TOTALLY ENTERTAINED"
    "YES I'M FEELING HOT & HAPPY & TOTALLY ENTERTAINED"
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    This is the first book I've listened to by Elle Kennedy and I was so impressed I've just downloaded the other two books that's currently available in this series. A series that has sexy horny Navy SEALs, hot sex and the trouble they get into when they find the right woman.

    This book was funny, sassy, scorching and romantic with a little angst thrown in as drool-worthy Cash has to watch over Jen for three weeks but their sizzling chemistry soon boils over and, by day two, it has them taking things to the next level.... and beyond. Unfortunately, neither of them wanted anything more than a fling but spending so much time together, getting to know each other, learning each other's flaws, growing in confidence because of each other, and even trying a ménage, made them soon realise that their relationship was just too perfect to throw away.

    Told from dual POV's by a great narrator, this book made you really feel the camaraderie between the Team as you share in their witty banter and join in a family party, it had great secondary characters, there was a bit of drama from a jilted boyfriend/stalker and a bitter-sweet sub plot. However, the main lighthearted love story between Cash and Jen was just so sweet, tender, sexy, funny and romantic that it'll leave you with a grin on your face and that feel good feeling.

    Worth a credit? An easy-going book full of sexy six pack wielding Navy SEALs, plenty of hot n heavy (including M/F/M & a bit of M/M action) and a captivating romantic plot certainly ticked all my boxes and has me hoping Audible will get the other missing books in the Out Of Uniform series because this is book 7 and I SO need to hear the rest of them!! Very creditworthy..... and if you're in the mood for a very hot light listen with loveable characters that you really connect to then I'm sure you'll think so too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted: Ethan Frost, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Wolff
    • Narrated By Tess Chalmers
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He's rich, gorgeous, powerful, and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. But that's not why I'm with him. I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me, the way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

    CAROLYN says: "I WAS ADDICTED TO EVERY EMOTIONAL WORD"
    "I WAS ADDICTED TO EVERY EMOTIONAL WORD"
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    Well, it's one shock after another with this listen as Ethan's involvement in Chloe's past comes back to haunt him and causes further hurt, mind blowing devastation and jaw dropping twists. There's so much pain over betrayal, anguish over forgiveness, joy over reuniting, hot sex over their raw feelings and then crashing despair over a final bitter truth.

    Ethan and Chloe have an obsessive, overwhelming and all consuming love for each other (as well as a hot sexual relationship) but secrets that are kept back means that can these two ever learn to trust again. There's once again a roller coaster of pain, heartache, unity, tender touching words, followed by words of betrayal and shame but always there's words of love.... but sometimes the wound cuts too deep to heal.... and then words are not enough.

    Worth a credit? Oh, this is so expertly written as the joy, pain and raw emotions are felt by the listener and, once again, this is told from Chloe's POV (except the Epilogue) and the narration was great. It is a happy ending, no cliffhanger, but the story will continue in Exposed (due May) when we get to hear how Ethan exacts his revenge. This drama filled listen was a very addictive, a just one more chapter listen and YES very worthy of a credit or buy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ruined: Ethan Frost, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tracy Wolff
    • Narrated By Tess Chalmers
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Ethan Frost is a visionary, a genius, every woman's deepest, darkest fantasy- e ven mine. And, somehow, I am his. He stole into my life like a dream. He turned my reality upside down and made my every desire come true - especially those I never knew I had. He demanded everything I had to give and gave me everything of himself in return. But dreams don't last forever, and ours is no exception - because my nightmares are darker and my wounds deeper than I could ever reveal.

    CAROLYN says: "A BEAUTIFUL LOVE GOT RUINED BY A KNOCK ON THE DOOR"
    "A BEAUTIFUL LOVE GOT RUINED BY A KNOCK ON THE DOOR"
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    Ethan Frost is a rich, handsome, sexy Entrepreneur owning Frost Industries and whilst he's working in the restaurant of the building unsuspecting Law Intern Chloe starts a battle of wills argument with him over a Smoothie. It's her first day and she's no idea who this stubborn surfer looking dude is but won't back down..... and their connections made. What happens after that is a funny struggle over a Blender that has witty banter laced with sexual chemistry and it's the start of an emotional roller coaster of a love story.... so hold on tight.

    But it's not long until Chloe's insecurities, broken pieces and deep emotional scars over her heartbreaking past kicks in however Ethan's there ready to catch her, hold her through it all and help her to overcome the toxic feelings going around in her head. He is loving, understanding, sweet, tender and very passionate as their relationship eases into sex.... tentative sex, hot n heavy frantic sex and mind blowing loving sex. And in his loving arms slowly Chloe starts to heal by sharing some of her bitter heartbreaking tortuous past..... until that past comes knocking on Ethan's door and then their gently woven world comes crashing down on them leaving devastation, tears, heartbreak and two broken hearts in its wake. That and one hell of a cliffhanger.

    Worth a credit? This very addictive, funny, touching, sexy, heartbreaking and hot listen told from Chloe's POV is very well narrated and is definitely worth a credit or a buy. The awesome writing style enables you to visualise each scene as it unfolds. But it does contain talk of rape and its aftermath.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler's Undoing: A Gloves Off Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By L.P. Dover
    • Narrated By Lauren Sweet
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For the past couple of years, Tyler Rushing has been known as one of the UFC's most memorable and sexy heavyweight fighters. Now he has the chance to win the title and claim the fame he so deserves. He has everything he could ever want until Kacey Andrews walks through the door of his gym, wanting nothing to do with him. Keeping his eyes off of her is a challenge; there's an innocence about her that draws him to her, and he's not going to stop until he makes her his.

    CAROLYN says: "A HOT NEW MMA SERIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS"
    "A HOT NEW MMA SERIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS"
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    Tyler's a handsome, fit and sexy MMA Fighter happy with where he's at in life - he's just won another fight, he's getting ready for the 'big' fight and he has a different girl each night - ahhh life was good. However, when he spots a new girl in his Father's Gym he's drawn to her but the blonde beauty brushes him off so he's intrigued, aroused and the challenge is on. Kacey wants nothing to do with any arrogant womanising Fighters they're all the same, they're like her badass Brother and his friends. She doesn't want to be just another 'conquest' but slowly Tyler proves that he's different with her and he grows up, mends his wicked ways and Kacey starts to trust him. But should HE trust Kacey because she's holding back a terrible secret.... one that will cause hurt, pain and the devastation of their new relationship.

    Arrrgh, why do they hold back secrets until it's too late, well duh I know the answer is to add drama but it's just so frustrating to keep thinking "tell him now", "oh this is a good time", "quick tell him before it's too late" and then the inevitable "oh shit, see I told you to tell him". So yes, there's plenty of angst and drama provided by the secret, jealousies, an ex girlfriend and the Brother and his evil friends from Hell. But there's also some nice characters, some great twists, a loss, danger and a sweet love story that's got lots of hot sexy scenes and tender words.

    Worth a credit? A very enjoyable listen told from dual POV's by a good narrator so YES if you're looking for a hot MMA listen with a sexy hero and a confused heroine who brings out his caring side then you too will find this listen worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite Trouble: Iron Horse MC, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Mayburn
    • Narrated By Andy E. Ross, Stephanie Wyles
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Before I met Smoke, I'd never been kissed - really kissed - by a man, let alone a biker sex god bent on taking my virginity and my heart. I got dragged into the deadly world of the Iron Horse MC by my crazy twin sister, who is engaged to the club's president, and my even crazier mom, who cares only about herself. Smoke has been assigned by the club to keep me safe even though he's everything of which I should be afraid.

    CAROLYN says: "H.H.HOT ROMANCE, MC DRAMA & I LOVED EVERY MINUTE"
    "H.H.HOT ROMANCE, MC DRAMA & I LOVED EVERY MINUTE"
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    When Smoke is told to secretly watch Storm by the President of the Iron Horse MC he becomes obsessed by her so by the time they finally meet the tattooed, pierced, hot as hell and very Alpha Sargent At Arms is already half in love with her. But it's when Storm is kidnapped and then her life is threatened by the Russia's that Smoke's protective caring side kicks in, he doesn't want to let her out of his sight and is desperate to keep her safe. Then jealousy and possessiveness is added to his feelings so when he realises Storm has a painful reaction when being touched by some people he's all too happy to tell everyone to back off from HIS property.

    Storm's a no nonsense waitress, a never really been kissed virgin with 'issues', she's had an unusual tough upbringing and she's been sheltered which makes her mild natured but when riled up she speaks her mind and isn't afraid to kicks ass. Her world comes crashing down after she's kidnapped and, when rescued, she's told her twin sister and Mother are missing, the Russians are after them all and that she is now under the protection of the Iron Horse MC.... and in particular the leather clad Biker sex God called Smoke.

    Sparks fly, tension builds, the mystery thickens, clues are unearthed which leads to more questions, the plot twists and all the time Smoke is claiming Storm and introducing her to the pleasures of some hot sex (which includes toys, talk of BDSM and more). A grab you from the start new MC listen with it's interesting colorful members and the plot's building which will hopefully become an explosive MUST HAVE second book. Because this is a 'to be continued' listen, not quite a cliffhanger, but just as annoying.

    Worth a credit? I thought this was an action-packed, addictive, just one more chapter listen, mainly told from Storm's POV but there are a few chapters from Smoke's POV too. With a romance that builds sweetly, a mysterious plot that's nicely unfurling, and a loveable H/H who are drooling for each other but what makes this a great listen is the dual narration. Because the male narrator says the male voices and the female narrates the female voices and this, in my opinion, is when dual narrators really work well and Andy Ross' deep voice was so smouldering and sexy. Definitely worth a credit or a buy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire and the Virgin: Billionaires and Bridesmaids, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté. Raised by her grandmother, she'd rather go to bingo than go dancing. But when she's asked to be a bridesmaid in her friend Bronte's destination wedding, she finds herself venturing into new and exciting territory. The wedding is set on the billionaire groom's private island, and Marjorie is fascinated by all the new people she meets. Most fascinating of all is the man she saves from almost drowning in the blue waters of the island lagoon.

    cheryl bubeck says: "Good read"
    "TIMID VIRGIN SHAKES HANDSOME PLAYBOY'S WORLD"
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    Nice easy-going contemporary romance with a little angst. Powerful bad boy Billionaire who has a reputation for 'nail n bail' is suddenly rescued by an angel..... one he can't stop thinking/lusting/romancing over. His angel is a shy, sweet, timid virgin who gets out of her depth with him fast. But he's holding back big secrets that he knows will totally destroy their relationship and it's only a matter of time before the cat's out of the bag and the shit's hitting the fan.

    It's a predictable but enjoyable listen told from both POV's there's romance, passion, humor, sex, f bombs, drama, character growth, a dilemma and a heartfelt HEA but, for me, the narration was a bit too 'girlie' which made the heroine sound like a teenager.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a light romance then look no further and YES creditworthy. This series follows on from the Billionaire Boys Club as there are all the characters from that series attending the wedding but it's absolutely not necessary to listen to those first.... it's just nice to catch up with them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Conquest: Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arial Burnz
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Stewart Glen, Scotland – 1514. Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest. Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times - the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick's passionate pursuit.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS LIKE A BIG MAC..FILLING BUT NOT SUBSTANTIAL"
    "IT WAS LIKE A BIG MAC..FILLING BUT NOT SUBSTANTIAL"
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    This book should have worked for me.... handsome kilt wearing Scottish Vampire, a narrator who really did accents well including Spanish and French and a plot that was entertaining. But it just didn't WOW me and I wasn't desperately drawn back to the listen unlike other books. The characters were all interesting with a couple of villains but the sex scenes were very tame and I didn't really feel the chemistry between Broderick and Davina.

    Worth a credit? Yes it was enjoyable enough but I don't think I'll be carrying on with this series. It also says this is Abridged which may account for some unanswered questions but it sounded like the full length version to me and I wouldn't have wanted it to have carried on for longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Alex Bloch
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle, Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

    Kindle Customer says: "Amazing"
    "A LOVE STORY THAT'S ALL TRAGEDY & TEARS"
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    I've had a dilemma with this trilogy right from the start... it's very well written with it's intricate web of lies, secrets and manipulations and it's many twists and shocking revelations which are so well done. However, I don't want to be depressed all the way through a listen especially this final one - even the ending and Epilogue was sad and I felt cheated. But, I don't want to put any of you off that can handle or enjoy this type of book by giving it a low star rating..... it's just me.... I prefer a lighter listen.

    Now we get to hear the story from Caleb's POV - again told in many flashbacks then back to the present day with it's continuation of the heartbreaking story of two people who are soul mates and deeply obsessively in love with each other. But reluctance or circumstances are never in their favor to be in the right place in their lives to stay together..... until finally it takes a terrible tragedy to bring them together. There's plenty of drama, buckets of heartache, twists, lies, revelations, one slight sex scene and some very moving tender words.

    Worth a credit? Purely for my tastes NO but if you like an emotional, dark and twisted love story then this is certainly for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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