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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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  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1280)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1171)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "WHAT A PERFECT JOURNEY OF LOVE"
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    When you prepare to dedicate over 20 hrs (or even 10 if you double speed it) of you life to listening to a book it is a bit daunting but the hours just flew by as I got drawn into the sweet and torturous love story between Gabriel and Julia. The story is completely set around their budding and blossoming romance but somehow it isn't boring and, due to the brilliant writing, it totally works.

    Worth a credit? I couldn't stop listening - so that's a definite YES and I'm now downloading Book 2 Gabriel's Rapture.

    23 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Bone: Blood and Bone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Tara Brown
    • Narrated By Amy Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Jane has come a long way from the dark days of the horrific car accident that robbed her of many memories. Living the life of a shopgirl with a charming boyfriend - a handsome, green-eyed doctor named Derek - is so satisfying that she doesn't want to revisit her past.

    CAROLYN says: "A THRILLER FIRST, ROMANCE SECOND & UNREAL THIRD"
    "A THRILLER FIRST, ROMANCE SECOND & UNREAL THIRD"
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    This is a very very complex, intense, edge of your seat, unpredictable dark thriller/chiller that has many many twists and layers upon layers of intrigue as well as a bitter-sweet romance running through it. I can't and won't even try to begin to describe it except to say it's a mixed up 'brain freeze' of a story that'll hook you in as you try to sift through clues to get to what is and isn't real and you just won't see the surprising WTF, WTHH.... AH-HA & OH, NOW I GET IT of an ending coming..... and it'll blow your mind.

    Worth a credit? Told from heroine's POV, a very good narrator and a slow revealing mixed-up plot that was addictive, insane and incredible with romance and sex too. It would definitely be worth a credit but at a bargain price of $7.34 I just bought it saving a credit for a more costly listen. But not for any 'true to life' lover as this is fiction.... imaginary, glorious, undiluted and well written fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back-up: The Back-up, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By A.M. Madden
    • Narrated By Ellen Lange
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Leila Marino's biggest dream is to become a rock star. A lucky opportunity has her auditioning with an up & coming rock band named Devil's Lair. The band hires Leila as their back-up singer, signing her up for months in the studio and touring on the road with the sexy bunch.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW..... IT SURPASSED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS"
    "WOW..... IT SURPASSED ALL MY EXPECTATIONS"
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    This is not quite your ordinary Rock Band romance where each band member slowly finds the love of his life..... no this is going to be a much longer story focusing on one couple that'll stretch into many books so there's a CLIFFHANGER to this first listen of Jack and Leila's love story. None of them have made it big yet so there's no egos and when the talented and very nervous Leila auditions for Back-up for the band Devil's Lair there's instant attraction and off the charts chemistry between sex on a stick lead singer Jack and Leila. But this has a very sweet and slow build-up to the romance as they both try to resist the pull.

    In this slice of their story you get the foundation stone to everything.... their backgrounds, all the many characters involved, Jack's initial 'no strings' sex policy and encounters, Leila's current band, their families and, coupled with that, there's the ever growing attraction they feel for each other. As the Chapters flew by and they hadn't yet left to go on tour I started to have my doubts that this was going to be a complete story and then there was a couple of OMG revelations at the end leading to tears, fears, heartbreak and sure enough..... a to be continued storyline.

    But what an awesome story it was, it was so well described that I could picture each scene, the character's and personalities were also so well described that you felt you knew and liked everyone, the slow building romance was well paced and when they couldn't keep their hands off each other any longer then there was plenty of 'lovin' too. Dual POV's and no problems with the narrator.

    Worth a credit? It was a great romance where you really feel the love between two loveable down to earth people, sweet tender feelings and loving words and a good base to build the ongoing story. IMO, very very creditworthy but now I'm left on the hook of Devil's Lair and desperate for the continuation because I just feel it's going to be an epic ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Overruled

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Charlotte Penfield
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don't call him the Jury Charmer for nothing - with his Southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he's a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross-examined by him.

    CAROLYN says: "ENTERTAINING, FLOWED NICELY & HAD HEART"
    "ENTERTAINING, FLOWED NICELY & HAD HEART"
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    I really didn't think I was going to like this listen when it started but the more it progressed the more it drew me in. First I hated who Stanton had become but when the news came about the wedding and his first love I saw a different side to him. He was so caught up in the past that he couldn't see what was right in front of him.... the love of Sofia and it took a kiss and a tornado before he finally realised what he had.... but he was one night too late.

    Sofia was a strong and independent woman who wanted to change the 'friends with benefits' status of their relationship because she was in love with Stanton but all Stanton could think about was stopping the wedding and, in the end, it all proved too much for her.

    I liked the character growth, the close family unit, the funny high and mellow brother, the romance and the fact that they didn't rush into each other's arms in the end..... she made him work for it. There was a bit of angst and drama but it was mainly an easygoing contemporary listen that had a bit of heat and plenty of romance.... misguided and otherwise.

    Dual POV's and dual narration - Jason Carpenter's narration was great especially Stanton's Mississippi drawl but Charlotte Penfield's accent for Stanton was non-existant and I would rather he narrated the whole book.

    Worth a credit? A plot that started out a bit shakey but ended up as a heartwarming nostalgic, romantic, sexy and a very enjoyable listen. YES creditworthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Juliet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Leisa Rayven
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Cassie swore she'd never forgive Ethan for breaking her heart when they were in acting school years ago. He was her one great love, and when he refused to love her back, a part of her died forever...or so she thought. Now she and Ethan are sharing a Broadway stage, and he's determined to win her back. Finally he's able to say all the things she needed to hear years ago...but can she believe him? Has he really changed, and what makes this time different from all his other broken promises?

    CAROLYN says: "NOT AS TRAGIC AS ROMEO & JULIET BUT AS BEAUTIFUL"
    "NOT AS TRAGIC AS ROMEO & JULIET BUT AS BEAUTIFUL"
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    As Cassie and Ethan's bittersweet tragic and beautiful love story continues we get to see the vulnerable loving side to Ethan as he tries to make Cassie understand that he is finally fixed. But Cassie is reluctant, having been there twice before, but with sweet words and the giving over of his Journals that contain all his thoughts and fears when they were together, Cassie slowly, cautiously and hopefully starts to believe that he has truly changed.

    It's beautiful, it's heartbreaking and it's an all consuming (but it must be listened to after Bad Romeo). There's the revealing flashbacks and inevitable breakup but the Author clearly tells the story of a lost damaged boy too afraid to love and would rather lose that love than damage it further. Then your brought back to the present day and the dilemma Cassie has whether to trust her head or her heart...... in the end there was no choice.

    Worth a credit? Told from Cassie's POV, good narration, not too detailed sex scenes..... just a powerful, unforgettable and breathtaking romance. Definitely YES it's worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Victorious: Quantum Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By M.S. Force
    • Narrated By Brooke Bloomingdale, Cooper North
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    He's a sexual dominant. She's sworn off sex. There's no way they can make a relationship work - or can they? Join world-famous movie star Flynn Godfrey and first-year New York City teacher Natalie Bryant as their story unfolds in three full-length books released three weeks in a row: Virtuous, Valorous, and Victorious.

    CAROLYN says: "FRIED MY BRAIN & MELTED MY EAR BUDS.. ITS THAT HOT"
    "FRIED MY BRAIN & MELTED MY EAR BUDS.. ITS THAT HOT"
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    Flynn and Natalie's love story finally comes to an end in this very erotic and beautiful listen that is virtually a very detailed and explicit A-Z guide on BDSM as Flynn slowly introduces the very cautious but willing Natalie to his sexual world..... and toys.

    But underneath this is a couple who deeply love each other and are willing to change for each other in order to stay together. Flynn shows Natalie that she's his world and Natalie fights her past demons to join his world. Their character growth comes from the deep love they have for each other and, as the 'Honeymoon' period of their marriage slowly trickles away, they are left with a strong unbreakable bond that's been forged from pain, heartache, tears, tenderness and unconditional love.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's, wish there were further books about some of the secondary characters, it was well narrated and it was a very romantic, loving and scorching fires of Hell hot story...... so what's not to love? And YES a creditworthy listen. Marie Force is a very gifted author who must have spent a long time researching for this book which has been noted and was gratefully appreciated.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Fire: Forbidden Love, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Danielle James
    • Narrated By Nathan Drake
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Rebel has finally found his mate, and oh boy is she a fiery one! Convincing Leigh that she is his could prove dangerous to Rebel's well-being. Keeping her would prove dangerous to his entire family and everyone he loves. To keep Leigh and his family safe, Rebel will have to change who and what he is and fight the battle of a lifetime.

    CAROLYN says: "A GREAT LISTEN.... MY EARPHONES NEVER LEFT MY EARS"
    "A GREAT LISTEN.... MY EARPHONES NEVER LEFT MY EARS"
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    Ooops, I've accidentally skipped book 2 which is a problem I'll soon be putting right because these awesome books draw you into a world where Vampires, Werewolves, Fae.... and now another paranormal creature all openly co-habit the world of the Humans. But even more it's the brotherly love you feel between this crazy band of five Vampires/Rock Stars who all happily live under one roof like one big family together with a couple of mates and one sweet little girl.

    Leigh had a big big secret and she was running from someone so she didn't do friends or relationships and every couple of years she moved towns but she was being stalked by a determined love sick Vampire that was sure she was his mate. But little did Rebel, that love sick Vampire, know that he was about to bring danger, drama, death, destruction and despair on his family by claiming the one woman that was meant for him.

    A non-stop nail-biting, edge of your seat thrilling listen by a talented author whose world-building skills made you easily envisage each scene and each character as all the drama and romance plays out. There's a feisty kick-ass Heroine whose angry snappy dialogue soon turns into one of sighs of contentment and moans of delight when she gets a sight of her naked Hero (and who can blame her). Good narration from multiple POV's but mainly the H/H's.

    Worth a credit! This is an Author who likes to play with your emotions and boy does she succeed in this pulse-pounding story and she writes a great paranormal romance bursting with love and exciting action.... so YES very creditworthy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Public Relations

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tibby Armstrong
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Billionaire playboy Peter Wells pays for sex. His girlfriend-for-hire arrangements are tidy, simple, and not apt to land him with a palimony suit. When an anonymous gossip columnist reveals his predilections for escorts and control, Peter vows revenge.

    CAROLYN says: "A 'FEEL GOOD' ROMANCE & PURE PERFECT ESCAPISM"
    "A 'FEEL GOOD' ROMANCE & PURE PERFECT ESCAPISM"
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    After listening to my last book I just wanted a bit of lighthearted contemporary fluff and that is exactly what I got from this listen but so much more too. At a Charity Ball Gossip Reporter Georgia witnessed something in a side room that she shouldn't have and wrote a damning article about handsome and debonaire Billionaire businessman Peter. Outraged Peter had to find the woman responsible so bought the Paper and was determined to get his revenge.

    When Georgia is forced to spend time with Peter she sees beneath his cold 'paid professional hookups' and discovers the tragic reason why he's like that. But it's her that is keeping secrets and leading a double life and the closer they become the more he opens up to Georgia which means it's getting harder to keep her secret until she no longer wants to. However, does she come clean and will she survive the fireworks?

    A totally sweet, ultimately predictable, implausible yet entertaining and enjoyable plot, a nice group of secondary characters, intrigue, drama, fun, likeable heroine and hero especially when their deep routed layers were finally peeled back, romance and steamy sex scenes. Dual POV's good narration.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for an easy listen with a good romantic plot that's got suspense and heat then YEAH this'll deliver.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One More Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lauren Blakely
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Your presence is requested for another installment in the tale of Julia and Clay, two red-hot lovers. Come inside their world of passion and suspense once more for a delicious and heart-poundingly dangerous story of pearls, handcuffs, thieves, mobsters, poker, and pleasure in the city of sin...

    CAROLYN says: "A GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN STEAM & STORY"
    "A GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN STEAM & STORY"
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    A great finale for Clay and Julia's love story where Lauren Blakely managed to weave a lot into just a few hours.... a tense drama filled kidnapping, intrigue, mystery, perfect sizzling chemistry, dirty witty banter, a sweet romance ending in a beautiful Las Vegas wedding and, of course, lots and lots of hot sex (and I'll never look at pearls in the same way again!!!). They've grown as a couple through shared secrets, they've gained each other's trust, taken on a Mafia Boss, developed an unbreakable bond, had hot sex just about everywhere and now finally they can reap the rewards. And Clay's comic brother Brent was an added bonus too.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's plus more characters, Josh Goodman did a great job, an addictive and very enjoyable story makes this a creditworthy purchase but at just over $10 I saved the credit for a more costly listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • After This Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lauren Blakely
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Their world was passion, pleasure and secrets. Far too many secrets. But Clay Nichols can't get Julia Bell out of his mind. He's so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that he can't focus on work or business. Only her. And she's pissing him off with her hot and cold act. She has her reasons though - she's trying to stay one step ahead of the trouble that's been chasing her for months now, thanks to the criminal world her ex dragged her into.

    CAROLYN says: "ALTHOUGH PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER THERE'S SECRETS"
    "ALTHOUGH PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER THERE'S SECRETS"
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    I went back and listened to Night after Night which is the first book in Clay and Julia's budding love story of instant chemistry, instant lust and instant soul mate connection because sadly books 2 and 3 slipped by me and so it's been nearly a six month gap between books and I'm so thankful that I did as I'd forgotten a lot about their personalities and their story - anyhooo.....

    This was a good continuation to the dilemma that faced Julia as she had to choose between holding on to the love of her life, letting him go to protect him or sharing her story with him knowing he hates lies and secrets so she could lose him anyway. And she's still being used and threatened by the Mafia money lender and he ups his threats to more devastating and deadly ones.

    Dual POV's, narrator was good but I think his female voices could have been better, there's angst, drama, guilt, a few fractures in their relationship which they always thankfully got over by lots of emails back and forth between them saying in the written word what they couldn't say in person, a nice romance with some tender moving words, dirty talking and lots and lots and lots of hot sex.

    Worth a credit? Yes, it's totally unrealistic (but I didn't care), Julia annoyed me at times (but I forgave her) and there was maybe too much sex (with some over descriptive 'juices' issues)..... but despite everything I still really enjoyed it. And I'm now eagerly off to listen to book 3 to see what fate has up her sleeve to cause the two happy lovers more grief and heartache.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon’s Lair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chantal Fernando
    • Narrated By Cat Gould
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid. Or should I say, someone? Because of that mistake, I'm now stuck in a world I don't belong in. I'm a law student. They're criminals. He's the Vice President of a MC. I'm a good girl with a strict upbringing. He's my ex-boyfriend's brother. And I'm screwed.

    CAROLYN says: "MY EARS MY EARS......NARRATOR RUINED A GOOD STORY"
    "MY EARS MY EARS......NARRATOR RUINED A GOOD STORY"
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    I love a MC biker story and the Summary of the book had me intrigued and the actual story was quite good...... with the typical Club House antics, sex, drama, angst, secrets and a host of likeable biker characters. But what totally ruined the whole thing was the AUSTRALIAN narrator whose accent was harsh on the ears and even the romantic tender moments didn't, IMO, come across well. I know the Author is Australian but there was no mention of place names and so this would have been a much much better listen if it had been an American narrator.

    I would also of preferred it to have been a dual POV listen but sadly it was just from the heroines.

    Worth a credit? Nope, not unless they re-record it as it became painful to listen to her and her voice eventually gave me a headache.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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