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CAROLYN

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  • Dark Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Erik Bergmann, Kristine Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (388)

    Awakening after all this time in a world of absolute darkness and oppressive heat, Dax wonders in how many ways the world above must have changed. But it is how he has changed that fills him with dread and loathing. Buried alive for hundreds of years in a volcano in the Carpathian Mountains, Dax fears that he has become the full-fledged abomination that every Carpathian male fears, a victim of the insidious evil that has crept relentlessly into his mind and body over the centuries.

    Isabel says: "Another Feehan Hit!!!!"
    "Another worthy addition to the Carpathian series"
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    I am a huge C.F. fan and have listened to most of her books available on Audible including this series which have all been brilliant from book 1 - so if you haven't listened to any others in the series then I suggest you start there and work your way up to this book otherwise you will miss so much about the Carpathian's.

    Dark Storm was enjoyable, entertaining and had some really tense moments, it will have your interest from the start. I did however, find it a bit gloomy and slightly depressing, coupled with this, Riley and Dax fell in love from the very first moment they saw each other which wasn't until quite a long way into the first half therefore there was no 'drama' to their romance at all. So unfortunately, for those reasons, I would have to say that this is my least favourite out the entire series.

    Worth of credit? Yes definitely, but I would just have liked a 'pinch' of something more to have been able to give it 5 stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mortal Bite: Golden Vampires of Tuscany, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J. D. Hart
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Golden Vampire Paolo Monteleone begins raising a son he did not know he fathered, after the murder of the boy's mother. He meets a beautiful human college professor, Carabella Sampson, at a Halloween costume ball. She is an expert on vampire lore, but doesn’t quite believe in their existence. Paolo dresses up as himself: a vampire. A dark coven leader has targeted her for elimination, before she can reveal secrets of the Golden Vampire lineage she's obtained from an ancient book.

    Conchita says: "A Tuscan Forbidden Love!!!"
    "A WELL-WRITTEN ACTION-PACKED SEQUEL"
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    Great follow-up book giving us more insights into the sexy, Alpha, charming and charismatic Golden Vampires of Tuscany who can choose to become Vampires or remain mortal and can walk (or do anything) in the sun. They're also protective, loyal, loving and very sensual which is something beautiful Carabella (who is just fascinated by 'mythical' Vampires) is about to find out when she 1. comes across a secret ancient book and 2. meets handsome but lonely Paolo.... a real flesh and blood Vampire who's fascinated, attracted and mesmerised by her.

    It's a lovely steamy hot romance with a likeable heroine and a loveable sexy hero but intertwined is action, drama, intrigue, betrayal, suspense, good & bad Dark Vampires, mystery and new characters who all move the storyline on nicely which ensnares you more into their wonderful world where family is everything..... but the threat of War between the Dark v the Golden Vampires puts everyone in danger.

    Worth a credit? If you like a well narrated Vampire+Romance+A Good Plot book (as I do) then this is a great series to spend your credits on (as I did)..... so YES creditworthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaver: Demonica Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels - and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell - he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before…to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself….

    Nathalie says: "Great Story but Awful Narrater"
    "MAYBE THE BEST IN THE SERIES"
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    Larissa Ione has once again delivered yet another fantastical journey into the Demonica realm and filled it with a generous portion of interesting, loveable, evil and manipulative cast and crew. But the main love story was simply awesome.... as well as complicated, passionate, heartbreaking, sexy and beautiful. Thrills, suspense, surprises, revelations and shock lurk in every chapter and her world-building skills are off the charts as tensions build because there's war looming between Heaven and Hell.

    Containing many of the loveable characters from past books and some new ones makes this a series where you really should start from book 1 and work your way up if you want to get the most out of this listen.

    Worth a credit? Addictive, compelling, enjoyable and riveting..... so that would be both a HELL YES and a HEAVENLY YES.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Sin: Stolen Bride Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (33)

    They called him The Priest. Maybe because of his billowing black robes and the steel crucifix that hung around his neck. Or perhaps it was because those who met him were compelled to pray. But Duncan Mackay was anything but a saint. He was a sinner-a paid mercenary. Until he met her and she made him want to change his ways. Lady Heather Sutherland has never been compelled to follow rules. And this time, she's gone too far.

    CAROLYN says: "A LIGHT & VERY ENJOYABLE HIGHLAND LISTEN"
    "A LIGHT & VERY ENJOYABLE HIGHLAND LISTEN"
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    Little did Heather know when she knelt praying forgiveness that she was about to be kidnapped by The Priest and that her dreams of adventure and excitement are about to come true in the arms of the rugged handsome Highlander who's about to sweep her off her feet (lucky girl).

    I do love a Highlander, fighting for what's right at any cost, protecting what's his and duty and honor is everything but for Duncan those lines were blurred when he was a boy and the only survivor of a massacre. Now he's fulfilling another Mission for coin and revenge but he's about to meet a spitfire who will shake and change his world.

    Worth a credit? Yes definitely, it's enjoyable, funny, exciting with sizzling chemistry, romance and sex scenes and her brothers are in pursuit, thieves, a near drowning, fighting, a trap and a drool-worthy kilt wearing Alpha Highlander so it has it all for any Highlander groupie (even an appearance by William Wallace).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Forget to Remember Me: The Rememberance Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kahlen Aymes
    • Narrated By Liona Gem, Blake Richard
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ryan Matthews has everything he ever wanted. Close to graduation from Harvard Medical School and on the verge of marrying his gorgeous and accomplished girlfriend, Julia Abbott, his dreams are about to come true and all of their sacrifice is finally at its end. When tragedy strikes, their relationship is hurled into turmoil that leaves Ryan devastated. His sorrow drives him to keep his distance yet leaves him aching; consumed with desire and love he refuses to let manifest.

    Charlotte says: "Talk about an emotional whirlwind!"
    "PERFECT.... A TALE OF ADVERSITY & UNDYING LOVE"
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    As Julia and Ryan's epic love story continues it's hit an all time low after the devastating heartbreaking tragedy that has long-term and very emotional consequences but through it all is Ryan's constant care, devotion and mad love for Julia. As well as Ryan's grief, anguish and turmoil Julia is in her own form of Hell as the world she has always known has disappeared leaving insecurities and a deep unconsolable heart-aching need for Ryan.

    As the moving, well-written and very well-narrated story develops and the lovers try to rebuild and focus on to their future lives there's joy, passion, lots of sex, bucket loads of "I love you's" and a beautiful wedding with very romantic words and very intimate moments. The story is also filled with likeable family and friends who all help to create a perfect day for a perfect couple.

    Worth a credit? This is a very intense love-story with it's characters staying with you long after the listen has ended and is part of a trilogy which should be listened to in order and is only suitable for the sentimental hopeless romantics who can digest a whole load of sweet n sugary dialogue within the story. I was totally enthralled with this listen and thought it was well worth the credit so I have already begged Audible for book 3 where the couple's devotion to each other will once again be tested.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Future of Our Past: The Remembrance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kahlen Aymes
    • Narrated By Liona Gem, Blake Richard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Julia Abbot and Ryan Matthews have been inseparable best friends since the moment they met. Each of them fight an internal battle, unwilling to risk their incredible friendship, but unable to quell their deep longing for the other. On the verge of Ryan's departure to Harvard Medical School and Julia's for her new job on the opposite coast, they are forced to face the undeniable truth of their deeper feelings and find themselves enthralled in a passion like neither has ever known.

    Lorna says: "Wow...just...wow!"
    "OVER THE TOP IN SWEETNESS BUT STILL EDIBLE"
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    This is one for the true romantics among us.... it's filled with I love you's and is a totally sweet, romantic, sexy love story as Ryan and Julia finally take their friendship to the next level. Everything is beautiful, wonderful and too good and you're left waiting for the inevitable drama which doesn't come til the end of the book - but boy when it does you better have book 2 waiting in your Library.

    Great cast of secondary characters and the dual narration worked very well.

    Worth a credit? I think this gives the foundation of their friendship and deep love for one another and prepares the listener for the devastation and heartbreak when tragedy strikes and the fall-out that's awaiting us in book 2. Although it was a bit too saccharin sweet at times, it was still a creditworthy listen but again ONLY for the true romantics.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Silk Is for Seduction: The Dressmakers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Brilliant and ambitious dressmaker Marcelline Noirotis London's rising star. And who better to benefit from her talent than the worst-dressed lady in the ton, the Duke of Clevedon's intended bride? Winning the future duchess' patronage means prestige and fortune for Marcelline and her sisters. To get to the lady, though, Marcelline must win over Clevedon, whose standards are as high as his morals are...not. The prize seems well worth the risk-but this time Marcelline's met her match.

    Sophia Bezirganian says: "Great performance. Classic plot"
    "AMBITION & DUTY CRUMBLES FOR LOVE"
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    There's something delicious about arrogant, charismatic, handsome, Rakish Dukes that always makes me want to hear about their trials and tribulations before they can gain the love of a patient and deserving woman and when the sexy and nearly betrothed Clevedon meets ambitious and driven Modiste Marcelline in Paris all his well thought out plans for his future are threatened.

    However, Marcelline can only allow herself to care about her business but as Clevedon pursues her back to London unwilling to sever their relationship and obvious attraction there's complications, secrets, temptations and a little girl with piercing blue eyes waiting to shake-up his plans and give him a future he never dreamed of having.

    This was very much a 'working/upper class divide' listen and, although they were attracted to each other, most of the way through they stopped any sort of romance from starting between them. I thought Clevedon was funny, thoughtful, kind but confused but I couldn't really warm to Marcelline's character with her relentless goal which made her appear to be a bit hard, manipulative and uncaring. However, there was witty banter, humor, passion, sex and a few very touching scenes as well as a betrayal, secrets, a near death, a devastation, a few proposals and a nice Epilogue which made this an enjoyable and entertaining listen.

    Worth a credit? Yes and the character development of the drool-worthy Duke more than made up for the manipulative Modiste.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Torn: Connections Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kim Karr
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    Dahlia was certain she had found true love and met her "Once in a Lifetime" when she reconnected with River. But Dahlia's world comes crashing down when someone from her past resurfaces, and all of River's carefully hidden secrets are exposed. River wants to show Dahlia that life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass - it's about dancing in the rain! But how many times can one broken heart be mended? Will River and Dahlia be able to face the turmoil together or will they be torn apart?

    Jordy says: "4.5 beautiful romantic stars"
    "NOW THIS IS HOW TO WRITE A SEQUAL"
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    I didn't know how Kim Karr could possibly top book 1 but she pulled all the stops out and gave an OUTSTANDING, flawless, beautiful, deep and emotional listen that captivates you from the start. It's painful, moving, sad and heartbreaking yet it's also touching, romantic, sensual, sexy and passionate. As the two soul-mates plan for their wedding the shocks, secrets, lies, threats and betrayals begin to surface and build-up which rocks their perfect world and I was left stunned, surprised, wowed and awed and this brilliantly written love story left me simply breathless.

    Worth a credit? A devoted H/H who have an emotional trust/faith roller-coaster love life that you can sympathise with and relate to which makes you connect and care that they finally get their heartfelt HEA ending. Together with interesting secondary characters and a touching story makes this a very creditworthy listen. Shouldn't be listened to out of order but, if you could listen to them one after the other, then you'd have a enchanted, emotional and epic listen. So all that's left to say is..... Audible please please please give us more from this awesome series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite: Exquisite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O'Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she's determined that this is what she deserves.... Mason Langley's life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expected to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the doctor.

    NEW NAME says: "Not light and fluffy, very life like!"
    "A PASSIONATE & EMOTIONAL ROMANTIC TRAGEDY"
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    Gorgeous Playboy, Chef and Restaurant owner Mason clashes with the sharp tongued and uptight Doctor Lena from the start and there's plenty of mutual dislike at their first meeting.... however, there is also a faint attraction too as neither one can get the other out of their minds. Fate has them meeting again and Mason suddenly becomes very intrigued as he sees glimpses of what's really underneath Lena's stiff unapproachable attitude and he becomes eager to find out more.

    Lena has hardened her heart because of the death of her little sister 9 yrs previously and is determined not to let anyone in because she is sure that that way lies hurt, anguish and pain. But Mason is so patient, kind, thoughtful and sexy (which is always a winning combination for any hero) and slowly he breaks down all Lena's mental barriers leaving room for trust, companionship, sizzling chemistry and love to grow. With witty snappy dialogue, flirting and dirty talk resulting in some nice sensual hot love scenes.

    But, as we all know, something's bound to go wrong and when it does Mason's anguish, heartache and pain turns to raw anger as Lena had a difficult 'Doctor type' decision to make and either way someone was going to get hurt but, as tragedy struck, it ended up that everyone got hurt. This was also filled with lots of likeable secondary characters.

    Worth a credit? This starts out as a Contemporary, humorous, very passionate and sexy romance but, as Ella Frank's impressive and highly descriptive writing skills brought into the storyline, overcoming the grieving process, vulnerabilities, a heartbreaking death and trust/loyalty/forgiveness issues, it ends up being a case of just grabbing, holding on and fighting for what you truly want. The character growth of both the loveable H/H was awesome to witness as they both struggle to recapture their heartbreaking lost love through unplanned and unpredictable circumstances.... which is life. Then, when the last words have been spoken, you're left having listened to a love story that was so touching, so moving and so exquisite and, of course, so truly truly creditworthy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ain't No Angel: Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peggy L. Henderson
    • Narrated By Cody D. Roberts
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    The mysterious "Reverend Johnson" is at it again: trying his hand at finding people who are at the end of their rope, desperately needing him to step in to give them a second chance at happiness. Delaney Goodman has been running from her painful past all her life. Dreams of working with horses have long been replaced with the reality of doing anything to make ends meet. About to hit rock bottom, she accepts a stranger's proposition, even if it sounds too good to be true.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER TOUCHING SECOND CHANCE"
    "ANOTHER TOUCHING SECOND CHANCE"
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    Great follow-up book where Rev. Johnson plays match-maker through time an offers desperate Laney a mission and in return she'll get her heart's desire which is working with horses.... and possibly the love of a good man. It's an offer she can't and daren't refuse but he failed to tell her that it's 150 years in the past.

    Handsome and caring Horse breeder Tyler has a lot of emotional baggage and wants to stay away from women, especially fallen ones, but he's been set-up and is about to tell the expected mail order bride to go home but when he sees Laney step off the coach his resolve crumbles into dust. But this isn't the life, or century, Laney was expecting nor is she what Tyler is accustomed to in women which makes for a very enjoyable listen as chemistry, need, disastrous events and a vengeful hidden enemy bring two haunted but likeable characters closer together. As the character development brings mutual attraction, trust, lust, passion, sex and a tender love story, someone evil is plotting Tyler's downfall and Laney becomes a pawn in his terrible revenge with heartbreaking results.

    Worth a credit? From the beginning to the end I enjoyed and was captivated by it all, the characters, the sweet romance, the unfolding dramas and the unfortunate dilemmas made me unable to hit the pause button until I realised dawn had broken and a new day was quickly approaching. So, yes a very credit-worthy listen that's got a hero you can't help but fall for and a great Narrator that brought him, and all the other characters, to life

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated followup to international best seller LICK Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

    Edyta says: "A really fun style of writing!!"
    "AN AWESOME ROCKER ROMANCE"
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    Kylie Scotts has managed to incorporate an awesome heartwarming love-story between two loveable main characters and filled it with witty lol dialogue, a painful family tragedy, a little drama, sex and a fast-paced enjoyable plot.

    When Mal the confident, crazy, quirky, handsome and downright sexy Drummer of Stage Dive thrust himself so sweetly into Anne's life he was like a wacky whirlwind and all she could do was hold on and savour the experience. This was very much a building relationship/trust/romance driven plot between the two lovers whose depth, caring, fun, antics and chemistry will have you smiling nearly all the way through this listen. The other Band members are involved throughout the story, new characters and there's a recap to David and Eve's story from Lick (book 1).

    I'm very grateful to the narrator who made this great book into an awesome listen.

    Worth a credit? Oh it so was and it takes a talented Author to write a story that not only totally captivates you from the start, keeps you desperate for the next chapter, entertains you along the way and stirs up that feel-good emotion as you've come to care for the H/H and that they'll get their richly deserved HEA ending. One big problem is that I have to wait until July, yes July, for Jimmy's story and December, oh come on December!, for Ben's story (has anyone got a time machine I can borrow PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE).

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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