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CAROLYN

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newark, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Laird of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lori Leigh
    • Narrated By Maxine Lennon
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Alexander MacKenna has one month to convince Melissa they are destined for each other. She's an American tourist who just happened to stumble into a Celtic Warrior Reality Game. Melissa is certain she has stepped through the magical mist of Scotland - to go back in time. He captures her heart from the first moment they look at each other. For Alexander's six brothers, it's a game of deception as they convince Melissa she is in the 18th century.

    CAROLYN says: "A book for insomniacs cause it'll put you to sleep"
    "A book for insomniacs cause it'll put you to sleep"
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    Melissa, an American tourist, went to watch a reenactment of a month long Highland Battle but she went for a walk and walked straight into the middle of the battle and into the arms of Alex and his many brothers and it was love at first sight. But, because it rumbled with thunder she thinks she has stepped into the past - dumb yes but she gets even dumber.

    Slow, totally unbelievably stupid boring female and plot, no build-up to their relationship - he bedded her on the first night (no fireworks there either), everyone was rich and handsome or beautiful, for one whole month she just went with the flow never questioning anything - even when they passed some riders wearing 21 century clothes. I would have thought this book would suit teenagers more than adults but then that's an insult to the I.Q.'s of teenagers. And just don't get me started on the terrible narration.

    Worth a credit? I think NOT, infact I'd like mine back.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • His Wicked Games: His Wicked Games, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ember Casey
    • Narrated By Natalie Duke
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Lily Frazer would do anything to save the Frazer Center for the Arts - even take on the infamous billionaire Calder Cunningham. When Lily breaks onto the Cunningham estate, she only wants to find and reason with Calder. (All right, all right, she wants to punch him in the face, too, but that's Plan B.) As it turns out, the arrogant billionaire is willing to give her the money he promised, but there's a catch: she must win it from him. And the games he has in mind aren't exactly... innocent.

    CAROLYN says: "WHAT MAKES A 5 STAR LISTEN?......."
    "WHAT MAKES A 5 STAR LISTEN?......."
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    Take a sexy drool-worthy billionaire called Calder, add an feisty, headstrong and desperate woman called Lily, mix with a plot that's got lots of sizzling sexual chemistry, tension filled games, hot steamy sex, skeletons, secrets and dirty talk finally top it off with a twist or two. Then voila you've got all the ingredients that makes up this 5 star listen.

    A well developed, well described, well written and well paced fun and sweet story about two loveable characters who had depth and substance and I was rooting for them both to get their HEA ending as the story built to reveal vulnerabilities and truths. However, although this isn't a cliffhanger ending it is a 'to be continued' love story.

    Worth a credit? It was an entertaining, non stop, must have listen from the opening chapter to the very end which was told from Lily's POV and with a great narrator.... So, oh boy YEAH one little credit made me just purrrr with the sheer pleasure of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jabril: Vampires In America, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Jabril is the face of evil in the new world, a vampire who values no life but his own, who enslaves those he desires, steals whatever he covets, and destroys anyone who stands in his way. Running from L.A. and its seductive Vampire Lord, Raphael, Cyn sees the Houston job as a welcome refuge, a place to get away and heal her broken heart. But Texas will be no vacation. Cyn will confront a true enemy in Jabril, one who will go to any lengths to satisfy his lusts, enrich his coffers, and expand his power.

    tina says: "Adventure and suspense with part 2 of Cyn & Raf"
    "OVERFLOWING WITH DRAMA & ENDS WITH A ROMANTIC HEA"
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    This a great conclusion to the romance between the sexy and gorgeous Vampire Lord Raphael and the very independent, smart and kick-ass Heroine Cyn the P.I. that Raphael had employed and walked away from in book 1. (But oh wow he really nailed it with his heartfelt and emotionally honest "I love you" scene).

    Sorry, but I'm getting ahead of myself as this story is mainly about the twisted and evil Vampire Lord Jabril who is Cyn's new client and the tense and dangerous situation she finds herself in when she discovers the terrible things he's been doing during his sordid reign. There's gritty nail-biting drama and when she eventually asks for Raphael's help there's a rekindling of their passion, sex, a betrayal and Cyn finds herself in a very tricky life/death situation. There's also a sub-plot as women are being found murdered and drained of their blood and the tension rises as their No. 1 suspect is Raphael.

    Worth a credit? This has the makings of a great series as each book packs so much in and delivers a smooth well-written and well-narrated story that's enjoyable, entertaining and, I warn you, very very addictive. So, YES a credit-worthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (513)

    Will Montgomery is a successful professional football player and seemingly has it all. He’s not used to being told no, and certainly doesn’t take no for an answer. So when he turns his charms on his sister’s sexy rocker-chick friend Meg, he’s not only turned down, but met with open hostility, piquing his curiosity and libido.

    Jordy says: "This is Will & Meg's story! It didn't disappoint!"
    "I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED EVERY.....SINGLE.....WORD"
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    I was swept away into their world, their fresh and new budding relationship, their desires, their hopes and dreams, their pitfalls and the closeness, love and support that their family and friends gave them. I laughed, I cried and I celebrated along with them as I became hopelessly glued to every perfect chapter.

    What a brilliant, well-written book that gave me everything I hoped for..... and much much more. This book has it all.... a great storyline, humor, angst, romance, passion, hot sex scenes and a sexy drool-worthy famous leading man who's fallen for a likeable woman who unfortunately comes with some emotional baggage. Great narration finished off an awesome listen.

    Worth a credit? Oh YEAH, I love Kristen Proby's books and I'm about to put ALL the others I've missed out on into my cart.... so I guess we'll be living on take-outs for a long long time.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Underworld Lover: The Guardians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Joshua Brandon, a legendary and powerful rogue dark angel, meets a human woman whose soul he cannot take, and finds something he has not experienced before: love. At the same time, a new director comes to power in the Underworld, who asks for a test of Josh's loyalty by delivering this very woman to him. Melanie Worthington is back among the living, after reeling from the suicide of a close friend.

    Kim says: "Sexy take on Hell and Office Politics"
    "THIS IS FAST BECOMING A FAVOURITE SERIES FOR ME"
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    Sharon Hamilton has written another imaginative addition to her new supernatural world where good and evil battle for the lives and futures of us mere mortals. This time Joshua has to decide between the human woman he loves and his duty to collect her soul and make her into a Dark Angel. His new Boss makes drastic changes to the Underworld, which includes murder, resurrecting evil creatures and choosing a mate...... and guess who he wants.

    There's great characters, it's action-packed with twists, intense, emotional, there's a good romance which has nice sex scenes and it also includes much loved characters from book 1. BUT the true magic comes from the many voices provided by a maestro narrator J D Hart who's sexy Hero's accent was just so yummy.

    Worth a credit? If you keep writing them Ms Hamilton and JDH keeps narrating them then they'll be an auto download for me. So YES well worth a credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heavenly Lover: Guardian Angel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J.D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Claire, an unconventional Guardian angel sent to save a sexy Brazilian-born painter from killing himself, discovers Daniel has been preyed upon by a powerful dark angel posing as his best friend and agent. Although successful in saving Daniel's life, Claire is in danger of losing her own when attraction to her handsome charge blooms into a forbidden love.

    seelk says: "heavenly"
    "A HEAVENLY DREAM FOR US PNR LOVERS"
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    A brand new exciting realm which is so vividly described and explained in this first taste of the battle between Heavenly Angels and Dark Angels for people's souls and futures. Sharon Hamilton's writing ability transport's and immerses you into a world where good vs evil isn't as simple as it seems and it's an all-action supernatural fest for your senses, emotions and imagination and it'll leave you craving more.

    There's heaps of drama and angst during the struggle for Daniel's soul, a dilemma for Claire as to what she will give up for true love and plenty of romance and sex during their bitter struggles.

    And the great narration brought it all to life so it plays like you've got your own personal movie in your head…. but sadly without the bucket of popcorn.

    Worth a credit? The story absolutely grabs you and won't let you go until the bitter end and I loved every minute of it….. so YES very creditworthy and I'm eagerly off to listen to book 2 now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Darkened Days: The Firsts, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By C.L. Quinn
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Jacob had searched for her for two months. Taken by rogue vampires, Starla had disappeared without a trace. An innocent, sweet girl from a remote Alaskan town, the human friend of a powerful first blood vampire, she had no idea the vampire world existed. Now, a lead sends him to Paris, to a cadre of young vampires that run the city at night, breaking rules and risking the vampire community's sacred covenant for secrecy.

    Sharon says: "IT WAS TOTALLY AWESOME!!!!"
    "MY FOURTH FIX OF THIS GREAT VAMPIRE SERIES"
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    This is a great vampire series to follow…. each book has it's own storyline but there is a continuation of a secondary storyline running through them and the tension is building. So, to get the history/backstory of the Firsts (original vamps who have added abilities, super-strong plus more) and to get the most from this series, IMHO, it would be best to start with book 1.

    Jacob is on the hunt for Starla who's gone missing after he gave her only enough blood to heal her injuries and the hunt takes him around the world following some newly made vampires that are getting a bad reputation. But is Starla amongst them, who's turned her and why? It's an exciting plot with lots of drama, romance, sex and adventure because Jacob's journey hits some problems when he discovers Amas, who is one of the Firsts, has his fangs ready and plans for the missing Starla.

    Pyper Down did a great job narrating this as it had lots of different characters, in lots of different situations with varying emotions and she did them all with ease.

    Worth a credit? If you're like me a love a good PNR with drool-worthy vamps then it has to be a YES.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cain's Identity: Scanguards Vampires, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Who is Cain? The vampire, who's now working as a bodyguard for Scanguards, has been asking himself this very question ever since he awoke one day without a memory. Until his mysterious past is finally catching up with him. And it's not what he expected.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER ENTERTAINING & EXCITING LISTEN"
    "ANOTHER ENTERTAINING & EXCITING LISTEN"
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    This, as you can see, in no. 9 in Tina Folsom's brilliant Vampire series about hot alpha Security Guards and, in this case, a King. So, if you're into vamps and you want an action-packed listen that starts off with a bang (although this one's against a wall) and continues with excitement, mystery, drama, spells, laughs, romance, sex and a great cast of supporting characters then look no further.

    Then there's Eric Dove's narration…. well that's always awesome.

    The story has lots of characters that are featured in past books but despite that this could be a stand-alone listen.

    Worth a credit? Oh YEAH…. they're auto download's for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Highland Rose: Time Travel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dee Davis
    • Narrated By Ross Pendleton
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Trapped in a loveless marriage, Marjory Macpherson rejoices at the news of her husband's death, only to find that he is, in fact, very much alive. Marjory has spent her life hating the Camerons, waiting for the day that she can avenge her father. Now suddenly, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a man who is the enemy.

    CAROLYN says: "FOR ME, A TEPID ROMANCE RUINED A GOOD STORY"
    "FOR ME, A TEPID ROMANCE RUINED A GOOD STORY"
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    This is a difficult one to review, was it a good book with twists, surprises, mystery, angst, sex, some heartbreak, fighting and evil villains?…. yes but, did I really enjoy it?…… sadly no. I don't know whether it was because there just wasn't nearly enough romance or build up but whatever it was it just didn't have me eager to get back to their story or swept away by any strong feelings of love.

    Worth a credit? So sadly, for me, this just didn't grab me and I'm sorry to have to say NO to the credit but it was well written and had a great Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tragic Wreck: Beautiful Mess, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By T. K. Leigh
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won't let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

    Scottie 131 says: "What Drivel!"
    "A HEART-WRENCHING TALE OF TRUE LOVE & DESTINY"
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    If like me, it's been a while and many books since you listened to book 1 in this series, then it may help if you go back and relisten to the last few chapters of that book before starting this one to familiarise yourself with Olivia and Alexander's tragic story. But if you can easily remember their raw sizzling chemistry and hot passion that's been built on secrets, lies, deception and lust then brace yourself and get listening.

    This is so full of self imposed heartache brought on by both Olivia and Alex that I just wanted to scream at both of them to grow up, hug each other, tell all and get a grip as Olivia has changed from a strong woman into a snivelling wreck. Tensions and feelings were high (including mine) as all the drama and angst played out between these two childhood best friends which led to some hot sex but not always with each other as their breakup hit them both hard. The fallout was both heartbreaking and devastating but thank God for second chances.... or that's what I thought.

    There was a shocking surprise when someone came back from the dead, more daunting revelations were revealed when Alex eventually opened his Father's letter to him, Olivia suffered more nightmares that was slowly opening Pandora's Box to her past memories and all the while, in the background, lurked their enemy making terrible plans that'll shatter their now hard won blissful world.

    Worth the credit? I must admit that this was a very frustrating listen as both of their emotions were all over the place which made them both do stupid, crazy and annoying things..... but I became hooked on their romance from book 1 so I need to know just how it's going to finally play out. So, as hard as it was to listen to all the heartache, anguish and pain that they both viciously dealt each other, I'm a romantic and need closure to their love story and YES it's a tortured, romantic, sexy, addictive and creditworthy listen. Not a stand-alone, told from various POV's, a cliffhanger ending and the Narrator did an excellent job. My only hope now, for my sanity's sake, is that the finale to this awesome trilogy will be with Audible real soon.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Becky Lee Weyrich
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Renowned psychic Carol Marlowe was in sultry New Orleans on police business. Until an enchanted midnight bayou ride sent her spiralling back through time into the body and soul of a Creole belle, and into the arms of her seductive renegade lover. Suddenly Carol was caught in a world of scandal and intrigue. . . even as she surrendered to the fires of forbidden passion. Though danger threatened, she was determined to cherish her new-found happiness - for she was living a love destined to last for all time .

    CAROLYN says: "TWO VERY HAUNTING LOVE STORIES OVERLAP CENTURIES"
    "TWO VERY HAUNTING LOVE STORIES OVERLAP CENTURIES"
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    I hadn't heard of this author before but took a chance and it's one of those times when it pays off and you're so glad you did. BLW puts SO much detail into every scene you feel transported to either the bustling streets of present day New Orleans or to a Gone With The Wind type era where there was little choices for women of breeding. But in either time there's a damaged Hero and a heartbreaking story waiting to be told.

    When Carol, the Physic, gets a call from Detective Frank from New Orleans asking for her help in trying to identify a mummified body her life will never be the same.... it'll be controlled by fate and mystical forces and when they meet there's an instant connection like they've met before. Their instant connection, ease with one another and joint desperate desire to find out just who the woman's body was is going to stir up a lot more than just facts.... a desire to change her fate which will have a dramatic and unforeseen effect on their own fates.

    Once I started this very well-written sweeping book that must have involved a lot of research, I couldn't stop listening as there were so many twists and turns and, with each one, came new revelations but also new questions, twists and dilemmas. Two love stories that overlap time, there's a heartbreaking story in Frank's life, a Murder, visions, spooky bits, romance, sex (not too graphic), interesting secondary characters, a dual.... oh the list goes on and on and on so you'll just have to listen to it yourself to get the full spectrum of events and emotions all contained in this one listen.

    Worth a credit? Oh boy YEAH is it ever, but it's a complicated listen that's (obviously) totally unrealistic but it was so captivating, romantic and mind altering that I've already put two more of her books in my cart. Dual POV's and with some other character's POV's along the way and the Narrator did an fantastic job in bringing the whole story to life.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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