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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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  • Into the Dreaming

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (442)

    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!!!"
    "Ahhh ..... it's short but oh sooooo good!!!"
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    This could be a stand alone listen but, if you haven't already listened to her Highlander series, I would treat yourself and start downloading the entire series today. Anything she writes is an automatic download for me and this series has been just awesome.

    Coupled with great time travelling stories, Phil Gigante brings all of Karen's books to life and his Scottish accents are so sexy and spot on (and I'm Scottish), I love his voice, its one of the best on Audible.

    Worth the credit? - Hell yes.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted: Ethan Frost, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Wolff
    • Narrated By Tess Chalmers
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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
  • Dirty Red

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

    CAROLYN says: "MORE OF THE SAME..LIES, SECRETS & HEARTACHE"
    "MORE OF THE SAME..LIES, SECRETS & HEARTACHE"
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    The same story plus more told from Leah's perspective in constant flashbacks and then back to the brutal reality of what price her lies, secrets and manipulation is having on her marriage to Caleb. Never showing him her true selfish nature which is only revealed after the birth of their daughter. And Caleb is forever torn between the decisions he made, the actions he took, the present situation and the love he can't ever forget.

    More shocking twists, revelations and spite filled words but Caleb's longing for Olivia has never ceased and is only getting worse and how far will he go to reclaim his lost love and the other half of his soul. I guess I'll find out in book 3 because there's no HEA in this tragic tale.

    Worth a credit? It's very well written but, for me, it's too much of a tragedy, I wish I hadn't started this Trilogy so NO but I've already downloaded book 3 so I'll see it through to the bitter end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Opportunist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend Caleb Drake has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back.

    CAROLYN says: "STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
    "STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
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    This is an emotional train wreck of a love story which alternates in flashbacks to College years when Caleb and Olivia first meet and the cold aloof persona Olivia takes when being pursued by Caleb. This is due to her nightmare upbringing which has left her with 'issues' that not even Caleb can overcome. And also their Class differences - a handsome rich Jock and a poor uptight Virgin. It's constantly flashing forward/back in time telling a story of obsessive love and the lengths and depths Olivia and Leah (his present day girlfriend) sink to in order to keep Caleb.

    The only person I felt truly sorry for was Caleb as there was always someone pulling his strings with secrets, lies, manipulation and hidden agendas all of her own. Both girls/women were 'me me me' bitches until the end when one of them finally grew a conscience, made the ultimate sacrifice and walked away..... for love. And then it turns out Caleb too had lied.

    The story spans years, is full of angst, twists and regrets and I felt so angry, sad and bad for the lost opportunities that Olivia and Caleb had squandered with the naïveté of youth, pride, jealousy, anger, hurt feelings or just bad timings. They fought instead of neutered, struck out instead of hugged and withheld instead of shared. There's no real passion, or romance, or sex but longing looks and the sense of their soul deep connection...... until the end when the selfless sacrifice was made too late.

    Told from Olivia's POV by a fairly good narrator.

    Worth a credit? Mmmm that's a difficult question, it's an enjoyable but frustrating YA/NA romance that goes on to become a vicious poisonous web of lies and deceit by all parties as they mature and grow and I'll have to download the remaining books to find the elusive HEA. I gave it 4 stars because it was well written, unpredictable and somehow addictive, but it didn't give me, or leave me, with that feel good feeling.... it was a tragedy. So you decide - are you in the mood for Romeo and Juliet?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luca's Magic Embrace: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kym Grosso
    • Narrated By Ryan West
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Sexy vampire Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

    cherylM says: "Still going strong"
    "SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE, ACTION & LOTS OF STEAM"
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    This is an action packed paranormal love story, whether the action is with Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Mortals or the hot n very heavy kind.... it's relentless with passion, mystery and magic. This follows on from book 1 and, as newly turned witch Samantha tries to come to terms with her new abilities and what had happened to her, the gorgeous Australia Vampire Luca is there ready to help her and he's already just escaped a near deadly enslavement of his own so he knows how she feels.

    However, just when things seemed to be hotting up between the unlikely pair they were brought crashing down to Earth by a fire, a mysterious supernatural and a threat to find a very powerful but missing Amulet. And then the clues, intrigue, suspense, twists, action and revelations keep coming and so too does Luca and Samantha in their many, and sexy, love scenes. A mixed bag of sexy supernatural secondary characters, some are loveable, some are dark and dangerous and some are mysterious and I'm sure there's a book just waiting to be written with their names on it. We get to hear how Kade and Sydney are doing too.

    Told from various POV's but mainly from Samantha and Luca's and Ryan West's ability to change accents, nationalities and emotions with his narration, together with Kym Grosso's worldbuilding, is what made this a very worthy 4 star listen.

    Worth a credit? An enjoyable and entertaining paranormal love story that had it all.... so YES creditworthy and the Epilogue has me eagerly waiting for Werewolf Tristan's transformation from a rich and carefree playboy to a mated pampered pooch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Hammer: Inferno Motorcycle Club Series # 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sabrina Paige
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Betrayed by the MC he once loved, mourning the brutal murder of his wife, Joe "Hammer" Holder is just trying to hang on to the pieces of his life. He swore he would never fall in love again--until Meia. Meia belongs to another man--a human trafficker with unlimited political connections and power, who ensures her loyalty by holding someone she loves in his grasp. Love is not part of Meia's destiny--until Hammer.

    CAROLYN says: "UM, WELL I REALLY TRIED.. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN DARK"
    "UM, WELL I REALLY TRIED.. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN DARK"
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    Sorry, but this was way way too dark and depressing for me and it hardly featured the Inferno MC at all so can't be classified as an MC listen in any way. Joe was still mourning the loss of his wife and now, 2 years on, his daughter is starting to be a problem too. Meia has had a tough life so far - captured, taken into slavery and taught to become a high priced whore and, with her unusual Asian looks, she was a very lucrative asset. But her handler was abusive, jealous, very greedy and held something over Meia's head to make her amenable to all his wishes.

    This listen was dark and disturbing and was full of depression, despair, anguish, depravity, suffering, hate, rage, mourning and suicidal thoughts. By the time the romance eventually kicked in (about chapter 22) I too was feeling the despair, depression and anguish. I never felt any chemistry between the H/H and the author could have included some happy scenes towards the end like Meia being introduced to his daughter, the daughter seeing her horse for the first time, the proposal, their marriage, the children's first meeting etc etc etc but no, zilch, nada, nothing.... just overlooked and glossed over. 85% pain and suffering, 5% romance, 5% action and 5% of an Epilogue which whipped through 2 years of what happened after the rescue.

    Dual POV's, but even the great narration couldn't warm me to this listen.

    Worth a credit? No way, and at the end of this book it rounds up the news from other couples from the series so I think this may be the last one which is handy because I wouldn't buy/use a credit on another one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lush: Pleasure at Home, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Beth Yarnall
    • Narrated By Steven Barnett
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Billionaire businessman, Cal Sellers, knows how to get what he wants. And what he wants is Lucy Monroe. The problem? He had her once and lost her with one careless, arrogant act. And now she's standing in his office demanding her old job back. Cal has no intention of rehiring her as the co-host of his home shopping TV show, Pleasure at Home. He has an altogether different position in mind for her - as his wife.

    CAROLYN says: "OH BOY THIS WAS GOOD.... REALLY REALLY GOOD"
    "OH BOY THIS WAS GOOD.... REALLY REALLY GOOD"
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    Cal's a successful Billionaire owning the Pleasures At Home sex toy Shopping Channel and other businesses but 2 years ago he was a very different person. He was an arrogant playboy and he didn't know love until she was running out the door after catching his sorry two-timing ass with his secretary. Since then he has had a chance to reflect, regret and grow up but he still yearns for his lost love.... Lucy. Lucy ran out on Cal and straight into the arms of another man..... unfortunately he turned out to be a bigamist and a physical and mental abuser (as told in book 1). Lucy's now separated and is desperate, she has a small baby to look after and is still being threatened by her abusive ex so she turns to the one man she never wanted to see again but the only man that can help her now.

    When they meet the attraction's still there but Cal realises Lucy is coming from a very different place now because she's been so abused, traumatised and mentally/physically damaged that learning to trust him again isn't going to be easy and may even be impossible. He feels guilt, remorse and is sickened by all that Lucy has been through but he's going to give it everything he's got because he thinks she's worth it and so starts a very heartbreaking story of lost love and second chances.

    There's drama supplied by the bitter ex and a jealous bystander who makes an already difficult and tense situation even more harrowing. Cal's a great hero, he's thoughtful, kind, very sympathetic as to just how to, and how not to, talk and treat Lucy and Lucy's been through Hell but doesn't know if she'll ever be able to trust, or be intimate with a man, again. If anyone can heal her scars it's going to be Cal..... as long as he doesn't break her heart again.

    Dual POV's, great narrator who made all the anguish, heartache, suspense, thrills, hot sex, sweet romance and the two loveable damaged main characters all come to life.

    Worth a credit? This is turning out to be a great series, each book could be a standalone listen and yes, IMHO, very creditworthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Him with Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janine Ashbless
    • Narrated By Madison Vaughn
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Only the elder holy man knows who this prisoner is and even the priest does not know how long he has been there - hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. His fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have imagined.

    CAROLYN says: "10*.... A TRULY EPIC START TO THE WATCHERS SERIES"
    "10*.... A TRULY EPIC START TO THE WATCHERS SERIES"
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    9 hours and 22 minutes of paranormal bliss... the creative world-building, the dark passion, the tension, the sex, the action-packed scenes with their twists and the fresh new mysterious supernaturals all added up to a listen that was unpredictable and breathtaking.

    There are Angels and Demons, mortals and Biblical Prophecies and a love story that'll have you cheering for the bad guy.

    Told from the heroines POV and the narrator put everything she had into this to make it a listen that was chilling, thrilling and passionate.

    Worth a credit? It would have been but my under $10 rule kicked in so I bought it but if I'd used 2 credits on this listen I'd still be very happy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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