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CAROLYN

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  • Werewolf in the North Woods: Wild About You Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Vicki Lewis Thompson
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (195)

    When she used to walk around her grandfather's property outside Portland, Abby Winchell loved the idea that Bigfoot was somewhere out there, too. Now her grandfather swears he's seen two creatures that fit the legendary description - and he has evidence. Sort of. Grandpa Earl may be a bit dotty, but when his neighbors invite a renowned anthropologist to disprove his theory, Abby decides to send the man packing...until she sees how hot he is.

    CAROLYN says: "Better than the first book."
    "Better than the first book."
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    This second book seemed to have more of a storyline to it but its still just a lukewarm listen. If you're doing something and you want a background book that doesn't need use of many brain cells then this one meets the criteria.

    I have already downloaded book 3 so hopefully they get better.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark: Forbidden Love, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Danielle James
    • Narrated By Robert Neil DeVoe
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Angel Knight never knew anything was missing from his life. Not until one fateful night when he met her. She was fiery, beautiful, and he knew he had to make her his. Breanna Hunt lived a normal life until rock star Angel Knight walked into her life. He made her a job offer that she just couldn't refuse, but could she keep herself safe from his charms?

    CAROLYN says: "VERY ENJOYABLE & A LOVELY VAMP ROMANCE"
    "VERY ENJOYABLE & A LOVELY VAMP ROMANCE"
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    What a great start to a whole new Vampire world where they, and Werewolves, walk freely amongst us humans. New myths, cultures, lores, creatures and amazing characters are slowly unfolded as the story and romance nicely progresses.

    Handsome, sexy, drool-worthy Angel, ahhh, Angel he's a Rock God and, along with his fellow Band members, are all Vampires but there's no groupies or darkness they all just seem pretty normal (with a few quirks) and he is also California's Clan Leader over the Vampires. Brea is a feisty when angry redheaded Waitress who fears the paranormals but when she's about to take Angel's order one night and their eyes lock it's the start of something life altering for both of them. Delicious scenes unfold as Angel proves his weakness for Brea.

    Great romance, sex, an evil villain or two who want Angel's job, a Vampire serial murderer, thrills, intrigue, suspense, fights, funny bits and some interesting, loveable and amusing secondary characters all get tossed into this enjoyable listen. Narrator's voice for Angel's character was just so sexy.

    Worth a credit? I thought I had become a bit tired of Vampire romances..... but, after this, I was very wrong so DJ please keep em coming and YES creditworthy and a 'lighter' side to Vamps.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Billionaire: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    As a member of the royal family in a small European country, Griffin Verdi's presence is requested at the wedding of the century. The scholarly billionaire feels out of his depth in social situations, so a good assistant is required-especially when dealing with royal etiquette. Unfortunately for Griffin, he's stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn't know a thing about high society - but she sure can kiss.

    CAROLYN says: "SADLY IT'S NOT THE BEST IN THE SERIES"
    "SADLY IT'S NOT THE BEST IN THE SERIES"
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    This is a light, fairly fluffy Contemporary romance about 6 Billionaires who have formed a Secret Society to help in their business ventures and to meet to play Poker. However, the single members are now dwindling and this story is about the 4th Billionaire to eventually give in to love's pull.

    Griffin is a snobby jerk who is treated like a King and is a member of royalty back in his home country and that's where he's headed but he needs a temporary Assistant. Maylee is a no-nonsence down-to-earth hillbilly type and, at first Griffin hates everything about her. But slowly, as he gets to know her…. well you know what's gonna happen and the simmering attraction finally (and eventually) led to a few sex scenes and a romance. Narration was slow and I didn't like Griffin's upper crust accent.

    Worth a credit? This is the first one of the series that I couldn't connect to the characters or believe in their romance. Yes it was funny and Maylee was likeable but Griffin's character growth never happened until near the end and the sex was blah so for those reasons I would have to say not worth my credit but if you're in the mood for a Contemporary, fun, unbelievable plot, or if you're following the series, then go for it. They could all be stand-alone listens.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Night: Promised

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He's obnoxious but well-mannered. He's a gentleman but aloof. He's passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can't deny him - or herself. M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed - and that she fears only he can satisfy.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE NIGHT IS WHAT I GLADLY GAVE UP TO HEAR THIS"
    "ONE NIGHT IS WHAT I GLADLY GAVE UP TO HEAR THIS"
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    After JEM's This Man trilogy I thought we'd seen the best of her imaginative, emotion filled, erotic and twisted love stories but this, phew, this was a very highly charged ride through the attraction and passion of two mentally tortured people's lives and the people who surround them. And, as their lives both inevitably entwine, the listener is gifted with troubled waters of secrets, insecurities, drama, obsession, heartache, more secrets, revelations, suspense and lots and lots of intrigue.

    No words can describe just how emotional this book is as it's flawed characters are loveable in their own way and very needy of each other but the many twists that fate deals them can result in only one thing..... DEVASTATION. And that's how I felt at the end of the raw bitter cliffhanger, an open mouthed shocked gasp as yet another twist was oh so cleverly tossed in.

    Worth the credit? I am writing this Review knowing I'm going to be late for a shopping trip with a friend but I just had to get my words and feelings out about this listen whose character's lives has only let me get about 2 hours sleep because I didn't want to stop the intense mystery with a destination unknown, damaged characters and a deep unhealthy, yet compelling, love story. I would have gladly used two credits on this listen, so YES very creditworthy and, if book 2 is out in print, I'm even considering READING, yes actually reading it, because the storyline and characters are just that gripping. If you get this listen be prepared to become a Malpas groupie and what a great team she, and Edita Brychta made.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lay It Down: Desert Dogs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cara McKenna
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    "Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs..." That's a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs - four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home. Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity's slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders' cutthroat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With police turning a suspiciously blind eye, it's up to the locals to fight back, and Vince is on the front line.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5 GOOD BUT NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING"
    "3.5 GOOD BUT NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING"
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    What I was expecting was a MC badass biker gang, hot sex, old ladies, patches and some hot Alpha type guys. However, what I got was mainly a Murder/Mystery with a Hero who had once formed an easy going innocent Biker Club (now disbanded) with friends when they were all much younger. Now he's sure one of those friends had just been murdered.

    Vince is a tattooed, sexy, drool-worthy hard-ass Alpha type who's been in trouble before, he's got a dirty mind and a mouth to match it and he's got quick and snappy dialogue too and when he sees Kim he knows he wants her in the worst (or best) way. He denied the romance but was all in for the desire and sex but it was interwoven with the main plot line of murders, cover-ups, mystery, suspense, with paranormal visions, a few hot sex scenes, some interesting secondary characters and eventually the I love you's happened but I just didn't feel any romance.

    Narrator had a very gravelly voice like he'd smoked 40 a day so his female voices suffered for it.

    Worth a credit? This had a bit too much murder/mystery to the plot than I personally like and the plot line doesn't conclude but will continue in further books but I don't think I'll be following this series, not because it's not good, but because it just doesn't 'fit' with my own personal romantic taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Layers: Stark Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sigal Ehrlich
    • Narrated By Aletha George, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    When Hayley makes a resolution to put an end to her loose lifestyle, it's all good in theory - that is, until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected businessman in his mid-thirties who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships, and strict preserve of his private life. Opinionated, sharp-tongued Hayley accidentally steps into his office, leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed. Neither Hayley nor Daniel can ignore the immediate attraction between them.

    CAROLYN says: "GREAT START BUT A CLIFFHANGER SO I NEED BOOK 2 NOW"
    "GREAT START BUT A CLIFFHANGER SO I NEED BOOK 2 NOW"
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    A listen that instantly drew me into all the characters lives but especially the relationship between the confident and feisty Hayley and the handsome self-made Billionaire Daniel as their mutual attraction flares and ignites into a love affair that starts off funny but rocky, has an all consuming middle but ends up sad and rocky again.

    There's drama as Daniel has a frustrating Jekyll and Hyde personality, heartache, not very graphic sex scenes (unfortunately!!) and witty banter between all the characters but the main plot is the courtship of Hayley by Daniel. The sexual need for each other is always there from the start but Hayley has to match, or overcome, Daniel's wit, temper and quick mind for their relationship to work.

    Worth a credit? Once I started listening I was hooked in this couple's nicely developing relationship which was intense, funny, sweet, emotional and tender but was left on an expected frustrating cliffhanger ending. Narration was good, it was very enjoyable and definitely worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Damages: Storm Damages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Magda Alexander
    • Narrated By Anthony LeRoy Lovato
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Promising law student Elizabeth Watson struggled her entire life to claw out of her dirt-poor background. And now the thing she's dreamed of, an associate position at her law firm, is within reach. As long as she keeps up her grades, makes law review. And stays out of trouble. But trouble is just what walks in the door one scorching hot summer day.

    CAROLYN says: "BAD, REALLY REALLY BAD"
    "BAD, REALLY REALLY BAD"
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    It's not often that I can't finish a book but.... I suddenly thought "what am I doing listening to this crap when there's so many good books out there waiting to be heard" and I just didn't want to waste any more of my time on it. The sound effects were intermittent and distracting, Gabriel Storm's voice was more like Prince Charles and not a sexy young handsome guy (as per the cover) and his character was just awful. The writing was very weak i.e. his Father had a 'brain' stroke - well is there any other type! So I skipped to the last chapter to see how it ends and what do you know.... it's a CLIFFHANGER - well sorry but I don't care what happens and won't be getting book 2.

    Worth a credit? No, not in this lifetime and even if it was free I wouldn't want it so sadly I'll be asking for my credit back on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Give In to Me: Heart of Stone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By K. M. Scott
    • Narrated By Christian Fox, Veronica Meunch
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    Tristan Stone has lived a life other men would kill for. Literally. But all the money, women, and fast cars mean nothing to him since Nina came into his life. Danger lurks around every turn with enemies wearing friendly faces. Whatever it takes, he'll protect the woman he loves, because without her, life isn't worth living. Nina Edwards had no idea of the world Tristan would give her. All her dreams have come true. But with the good comes the bad, and this world of his has more than enough of that.

    CAROLYN says: "WHAT AN AWESOME HEARTBREAKING DRAMA-FEST"
    "WHAT AN AWESOME HEARTBREAKING DRAMA-FEST"
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    It's always very hard to say goodbye to various loveable characters whose lives have entertained you by day, by night and into the wee small hours of early dawn but the Heart Of Stone trilogy captured me in it's intricate web until the very last word had been spoken.

    KM Scott threw everything into this book… thrills, chills, danger, romance, passion, sex, lots of heartache, twists, surprises, suspense and character growth. Even the Epilogue wasn't safe as there was a twist to that too. Brilliant.

    Narrators added to the story too.

    Worth a credit? If you haven't already discovered this trilogy about an arrogant, handsome, sexy, rich Billionaire called Tristan and Nina the strong, but gentle, woman who saved him then you lucky people are able to go from one book to another without having that terrible, and annoying, gap in the whole flow of the story. Worth the credit…. Hell YEAH every one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rock Improv: The Lonely Kings, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ava Lore
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Rose Alton had her future all planned out: excel at her career, find love, make a family, and get rich. Then she got fired. Now after years of 90-hour work weeks, she's living out of her car and struggling to hold it together. Convinced she'll turn it around any day now, keeping up appearances is her highest priority, but when Manny Reyes - her sister's friend and drummer of the band The Lonely Kings - discovers her deception her secret is out...or so she thinks.

    stephanie says: "ROCK ON!!!"
    "IT STARTED OFF AS STRICTLY CASUAL BUT......"
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    It didn't end up that way as Manny gave Rose more than just a helping hand.... hope for a future. Great character development, powerful chemistry, loveable H/H, likeable additional cast of characters, humor, a slow building love story, some angst and plenty of sexy times makes this a must have addition to The Lonely Kings series.

    Worth a credit? Yes definitely and I'm eagerly looking forward to who's next to find love after the shocking Epilogue.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ugly Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Deacon Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn't want love, she doesn't have time for love, so that just leaves the sex.

    Missy says: "Another release day dedicated to C. Hoover!"
    "BEWARE... THIS BOOK WILL HURT"
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    I've just gone through about 9 hours of tension, heartbreak and drama followed by about 15 minutes of joy...... and I wouldn't change a thing because this was a well-written, tough, raw, touching and very emotional love story that morphs into one of grief and suffering that loss brings, followed by hope, forgiveness and finally redemption.

    It's not the usual 'feel good' romance but a bitter-sweet one as it continually takes you backwards 6 years slowly feeding you bits of the history of young forbidden love and the devastating consequences that followed then forward to the heartache of a present day relationship where one lover can only offer sex as his shattered heart has no more to give and the other lover hangs on because she want it all.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a totally different kind of love story.... one that will wring out so many different emotions from you like hope, happiness, grief, pain and anguish and back again, and then finally gives you a HEA ending, then this book is for you. Creditworthy only if you're ready for a torturous, but beautiful, ride.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Trust Me: Trust Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kristin Mayer
    • Narrated By Nelson Hobbs, Shirl Rae
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    A difficult year filled with loss and heartache leaves Allison Scott withdrawn and emotionally disconnected. When she is finally ready to move forward with her life, she embarks on a getaway vacation to Miami, determined to find healing from the painful memories in her past. Damien Wales also has a tragic past that has left him a cold and distant person. However, the moment he sees Allison, he is inexplicably drawn to her, and Damien is a man who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

    CAROLYN says: "SWEET & ROMANTIC UNTIL DANGER FROM THE PAST KNOCKS"
    "SWEET & ROMANTIC UNTIL DANGER FROM THE PAST KNOCKS"
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    I'm not a fan of the 'instant' in a romance book and, as the mixed up and still grieving Allison accidentally meets a handsome, kind, thoughtful and caring Damien it's instant attraction, followed closely by lust, sex and love which was all very touching and cute. But as the story develops so too does the mystery, suspense, intrigue and danger. Damien is haunted by an unresolved tragic event in his past which makes him cold, emotionless and snappy to others but with Allison it comes out as possessive and an over-the-top caring for her happiness and welfare and later we're given the heartbreaking reason why he's so protective over her.

    At first the Heroine comes across as a little too young, sickly sweet and naive however the unfolding psychological drama (together with a six-pack wielding, handsome, rich, Alpha Hero) makes up for it. A mixed bag of secondary characters and somewhere in amongst them is a delusional murderer, the sex scenes were romantic, there was a lot of character and plot development and the love story was sometimes challenged but remained sweet.

    However, although the romance didn't have a cliffhanger.... the Epilogue certainly did which suggests things aren't going to be the HEA for the H/H after all. Narration was ok but, IMHO, Allison's voice sounded a bit too young.

    Worth a credit? It was a lukewarm listen to begin with but the romance, plot twists, questions and action soon kicked in so YES creditworthy and I need to know just who the villain in the story is so I guess I'll be using another credit to find out.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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