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CAROLYN

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newark, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Prophet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (134)

    "I am the Graveyard Queen, a cemetery restorer who sees ghosts. My father passed down four rules to keep me safe, and I've broken every last one. A door has opened and evil wants me back."

    CAROLYN says: "Sorry... I was bored and my mind started wandering"
    "Sorry... I was bored and my mind started wandering"
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    Amelia is nearly out of her depths in the latest Graveyard Queen story. She's back home in her usual haunts with Devlin's ghosts causing havoc. I find I just don't care much what happens to her and it's kinda same sh.. different book deal until the end of the book when there is a shift in her and Devlin's relationship (hallelujah about time) but it was all too little too late.

    Worth my credit? No sorry, it's just not my type of book I'm afraid.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Forgotten: Beautifully Damaged Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    Successful restaurateur Lucien Black’s blue-green eyes and unattainable attitude drive women wild. But his abandonment issues and criminal past have left him emotionally closed off. When a familiar face shows up for a job interview at his nightclub, the ache he has tried to forget tears at his heart—it’s the girl who once healed him...and then abandoned him.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW L A FIORE HAS PACKED A LOT INTO THIS STORY"
    "WOW L A FIORE HAS PACKED A LOT INTO THIS STORY"
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    Lucian is sexy, rich, gorgeous, successful, a womaniser and has a heartbreaking past because the love of his life, Darcy, devastated his life when they were in their teens. Now decades later, she's trying to make amends and hoping for more but he just wants revenge….. that is until he sees her.

    First there's angst, then the chemistry kicks in between them, followed by forgiveness, sex, understanding, character development and finally a deep love. But along the way are terrible heartbreaking secrets, treachery, murder, plot twists, Ember and Trace's tearful sub story that has some trauma filled parts, shocks and surprises and lots of secondary characters. The romance built at a nice pace and then together they faced all the unfolding never ending dramas.

    Best listened to after Book 1.

    Worth a credit? It was a well written and enjoyable bitter-sweet love story that kept my attention as I was happily entertained for nearly 10 hours and it was only $7.34, yes $7.34… what a bargain so no need to spend those precious credits (but if I had then I would still be one happy listener).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Us

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    The story of Connor and Ellery Black continues in the last installment of the Forever Black Trilogy, Forever Us. You took Connor and Ellery's journey of love, courage, and strength as Ellery's illness threatened their future in Forever Black. You continued their journey through the eyes of Connor Black in Forever You as you watched them get their happily-ever-after through marriage and planning for their first child. Join Connor and Ellery once again as they face the challenges of parenthood.

    Eran says: "Oh, could we all just have a love like this!!"
    "WHAT A GREAT CHOC-FULL-OF-DRAMA ENDING"
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    What a great ending to Connor and Ellery's story. There's angst, lots of dramas, great characters, good narration, very romantic, a super sexy drool-worthy perfect Hero and a very enjoyable and emotional love story that spanned years.

    Worth a credit? I was very sad to say farewell to all the characters within this series, I shall miss them all, and YES very creditworthy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forever You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (249)

    Forever You, is the highly anticipated sequel to USA Today’s best seller Forever Black. Connor Black’s life consisted of his company and his use of multiple women. There was never going to be love, relationships, or a fairy-tale life. Emotionally dead and damaged after a personal tragedy, Connor Black vowed never to love or fall in love with a woman - until Ellery Lane walked into his life by accident and changed him forever. He starts experiencing feelings and emotions he never felt before and finds himself being drawn into her world.

    CAROLYN says: "SAME STORY BUT MUCH MUCH MORE"
    "SAME STORY BUT MUCH MUCH MORE"
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    Same story told from Connor's POV then with the additional Chapters on the Wedding, pregnancy and new house etc., which were all lovely and very romantic.

    But I still found little bits of info missing like there was a real build up that Connor was to choose the song for their first dance at the wedding and she cried when the first notes played.... but it would have been nice to actually have given a song title for the listener to romanticise over the scene better.

    Great male narration.

    Worth a credit? Although you knew what was going to happen it was still very informative to listen to Connor's side of the story which has made him an even greater Hero in my eyes and YES a lovely, annoying, frustrating, beautiful and creditworthy addition to my ever growing library.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (423)

    When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space”. With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Not a favorite"
    "AN ENTERTAINING & VERY ADDICTIVE LISTEN"
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    I see that this book has very mixed reviews so I guess it's not for everyone but I really enjoyed it. Right from the start it drew me in with it's secrets, it's twists, it's damaged characters, it's heartache and it's bitter-sweet love story.

    I loved the sexy misunderstood drool-worthy Hero Connor once he opened up and the feisty, funny Heroine Ellery however she did sometimes annoy me with her quick to judge attitude later in the story. There was fun, intrigue, character growth, mild sex and some really touching scenes as they both began to open up and accept each other and let trust and love in.

    Worth the credit? It was a bit 'choppy' in places, the friend's voice was too high and there was a few things that weren't explained but I easily overlooked them as I was enjoying the listen so much.... so YES another creditworthy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Close Enough: Never, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead car battery in a remote beach town. At her greatest moment of need, the protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds that her attraction to Porter is potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust again.

    Julie says: "I didn't want it to end!"
    "A DREAMY LOVE STORY.... UNTIL THE CLIFFHANGER"
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    This is one sugary sweet, romantic and sigh-worthy listen and, as Ella and Porter's love story unfolded, I was drawn into their passion, desires, tender love scenes and the painful dilemma that these two loveable characters faced.

    But what I wasn't prepared for was the shocking events that this author had lying waiting for the happy unsuspecting listener in the last few chapters which were dramatic, raw, heart wrenching and all my WTF's, OMG's and tears couldn't take away the heartache of this torturous CLIFFHANGER ending. I only hope Audible can follow up with book two very very very very quickly.

    Worth a credit? Loveable H/H and secondary characters, some angst, sex, drama, a bitter ex and, of course the cliffhanger, makes this a very creditworthy listen. But if you're not a fan of the fast 'instant love' plot or one that's filled with sweet sentiments, tender gestures and a very romantic story then maybe pass on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Good

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rachel Robinson
    • Narrated By Marc Bachmann, Shirl Rae
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. The job, the glory - it's all his. Not because it's handed to him but because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it-or destroys it. Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she's ever loved, the very last thing she's looking for is a relationship - especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS A CRAZY, PASSIONATE, RAW & EMOTIONAL LOVE"
    "IT WAS A CRAZY, PASSIONATE, RAW & EMOTIONAL LOVE"
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    As this started I really didn't think I was going to like it as the sexy Navy Seal Hero Maverick was an arrogant ass... ok he had good reasons as he was gorgeous, fit, had an eight pack and dimples but his personality sucked. He was arrogant, crude, had a really bad attitude towards women and was a real man-whore with all willing female partners. That is until the down-to-earth feisty Heroine Windsor didn't fall for his many charms and so his challenge began.

    But, Maverick's caring side soon came out as Windsor's kind nature slowly made him rethink his game, thankfully he underwent great character growth and they both came from troubled families so they had a lot in common apart from their sizzling attraction for each other. However, Windsor's denial of her true feeling was going to have a devastating impact on so many lives.

    This book packed so much in, there was the roller-coaster of emotions that the entertaining romance between Maverick and Windsor stirred up, passion and plenty of sex scenes, some likeable secondary characters, secrets, a shocking and tear jerking OMG fatality, twists, suspense and plenty of heartache as well as some really romantic moments. In the end, love and time played their part enabling Maverick to overcome his demons so he and Windsor could get their much deserved HEA ending.

    Worth a credit? I really enjoyed this listen so it's a YES and if there's a continuation into a full on series then they'll be an auto buy for me. Narration was good too.

    3 of 3 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    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?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Oh! How I loved this!!!"
    "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.

    5 of 6 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
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    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.

    Nikita Savoy says: "Never Ever Waste Your Time!"
    "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
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (64)

    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.

    4 of 5 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
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    "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

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