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  • This Duchess of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

    CAROLYN says: "A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON"
    "A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON"
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    I love E.J.'s books and they are an automatic download for me, this has been a great series - but, to get the most out of them, then it's best to listen to them in order.

    The plot of this one is - weeks after they marry Jemma catches Elijah bent over his desk with his mistress, so she flees to France for 9 years until he summons her back because he needs an heir. She thinks she knows him but there is a lot that she's unaware of but she's willing to woo him back and he's desperate to oblige her.

    This, in my opinion, is the best in the series so far as it focuses mainly on the two main characters who deeply love each other but, because of outside influences, their relationship never runs smoothly. It's got romance, passion, fun, great characters but it's sad and very touching too. It also gives us an insight of London long ago.

    Worth a credit? Yes, it's a 'must have' for us historical/romance lovers - but please try not to miss the whole series.

    3 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
    (8)
    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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kylie Scotts
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    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).

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Wolf: Shifters Unbound, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he's not sure he can take the next step toward pack stability. After losing his first mate long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. Besides, even if he was inclined to choose a new mate, his girlfriend, Misty, is human - a fact that won't sit well with Graham's old-fashioned pack.But Misty is going through a crisis of her own, one that brings danger and death to the pack. With the wolves doubly convinced that there needs to be a shake-up, Graham must now defend his leadership.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER THRILLING ADDITION TO A GREAT SERIES"
    "ANOTHER THRILLING ADDITION TO A GREAT SERIES"
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    Graham, the intimidating Alpha leader, tried to close his heart to the pain of loss but when his human girlfriend Misty's life is threatened when her brother's enemies kidnap her, all the calm denials of his feelings shatter as a race to find her overwhelms him, ignites his feelings and ends in bloodshed, trickery and magic.

    Jennifer Ashley yet again delivers a great action-packed story filled with likeable characters, adventure, new characters, a sassy, sweet and strong (when needed) heroine, a tormented hero and a powerful selfless love story as the mating bond finally kicks in. However, Graham's life is in great danger and his pack is restless but he's unable to help himself and so it's up to Misty to somehow save him. There's humor - especially provided by the terrible twins, a steamy romance, an emotional plot, funny bickering and banter between the two lovers, Human threats and an evil Fae character who's been plotting Shifter enslavements so the Las Vegas Shiftertown prepares for war.

    Worth a credit? If you're already a fan of this series then you know that JA's world-building skills enable her to multi-layer the plots as each book evolves and moves the Shifter world along so well. A very enjoyable PNR and YES a very good use of a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Greatest Lover Ever: Westruthers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Brooke
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Beautiful, exuberant, and stubborn Georgiana Black has more spirit than sense - which she learns when an ultimatum to the Earl of Beckenham at a London ball ends their engagement. Six years later, Georgie is less concerned with impending spinsterhood than with making sure her young sister doesn't make the same mistakes she did. But soon Georgie stumbles into a scandalous encounter with none other than her former fiancé.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5 STARS GOOD YES BUT LACKING"
    "3.5 STARS GOOD YES BUT LACKING"
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    Sadly, in this second Westruthers book, I just didn't find the same humor and chemistry that book 1 had as most of the time the H/H were avoiding, arguing or annoying each other. Yes there were moments throughout the book where their passions fleetingly ran away with them but mostly Georgiana (the Heroine and ex fiancee) was trying to match up her handsome and patient ex fiancee the Earl of Beckenham (the Hero) to her sister.

    The chemistry between them was there along with the attraction but Georgiana held secrets back instead of confiding in Beckenham which stopped her pursuing him herself and he had hardened his heart long ago to protect his feelings so it was a long long time before the 'feel-good' factor of the romance kicked in. But when it eventually did it was very touching, passionate and intimate as the lovers finally rekindled and reunited. There was a constant blackmail threat from one character, secrets to be told, sex and a bit of drama because we all know that, in these books, the path of true love never quite runs smoothly.

    The narrator did a fantastic job in bringing all the different voices to life.

    Worth a credit? I listened to this straight after book 1 because I had enjoyed that one so much and I was expecting something similar. However, this was probably my mistake because, whilst it was enjoyable and entertaining, it was frustrating too and just didn't have the same impact on me that the first one did. Creditworthy - yes but sadly no the greatest book ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sharon Lynn Fisher
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Psychologist Elizabeth Cole prepared for the worst when she accepted a job on a newly discovered world--a world where every colonist is tethered to an alien who manifests in the form of a dead loved one. But she never expected she'd struggle with the requirement to shun these "ghosts." She never expected to be so attracted to the charming Irishman assigned as her supervisor. And she certainly never expected to discover she died in a transport crash en route to the planet.

    CAROLYN says: "I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T MISS THIS ONE"
    "I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T MISS THIS ONE"
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    Whoa, what a great surprise this unique, refreshing and riveting Sci-Fi/Romance listen turned out to be with it's complex, creative, character and planet-building and a plot that was both imaginative and romantic.

    As soon as Elizabeth arrives on Ardagh 1 (aka Ghost Planet) and is met by Murphy, the handsome and charming Irishman she's going to work for, their mutual attraction and light flirting starts. However, it isn't long before the multi-layered, character driven plot takes a nose-dive in a whole new direction as Elizabeth finds herself fighting for her very survival in a storyline that's got character and plot twists, shocks, surprises, danger and action lurking round every corner.

    There's a nice tender romance between Elizabeth and Murphy as they struggle treachery and manipulative villains together but their passion, faith in each other and deep love for one another is what's needed to save themselves..... and a dying Planet.

    Worth a credit? A host of secondary characters, a convincing love story that's got drama, sex, heartache and joy, a likeable and intelligent H/H and an original well-written Sci-Fi adventure made this and enjoyable, addictive and creditworthy listen. But it's pure fictional, futuristic fantasy with a tiny bit of fun thrown in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • London's Last True Scoundrel: The Westruthers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Christina Brooke
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Physically reckless, irrepressibly roguish, and poised on the brink of ruin, Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport, returns from the dead only to throw himself into dissipation. Until he meets his worst nightmare: a straitlaced former schoolteacher he can't get out of his head. He resolves to seduce the delightful Miss Hilary deVere by fair means or foul. But when his past returns to endanger Hilary, he must protect her at all costs.

    CAROLYN says: "A LIBERTINE OR MAYBE A FOREVER LOVER"
    "A LIBERTINE OR MAYBE A FOREVER LOVER"
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    What an enjoyable and witty listen this was as Jonathon the handsome, charming and charismatic Earl of Davenport finds himself dumped by family members somewhere in the country because of his never ending scandalous ways. But he isn't bothered.... that is until he meets straight laced, strong, capable and virginal Hilary who's trying to overcome her scandalous deVere family name. Jonathon becomes entranced and enticed to bed her and so happily tries everything in his Scoundrel's mind to tempt her but promises never to wed her.

    The great thing that worked so well in this listen was the humor, witty dialogue and the fact that he was just such a loveable rogue. Hilary is strong, determined and very capable but she's got two brothers who are wastrels and is the Ward of a brutish thoughtless relation. So when she meets Jonathon she's instantly attracted to him (well who wouldn't be) but will he become her Knight in Shining Armour and rescue her or remain a true scoundrel and seduce and ruin her.

    There's passion, sizzling chemistry, sex and a touching romance within the hours of this listen which is mainly character driven but it does have a slight sub plot running through it which develops in the last few chapters in danger, threats, murder, kidnapping and revenge. Then, after much heartache, we finally get to see the man hiding behind a Scoundrel's mask.

    Worth a credit? There was nothing I didn't like and nothing I'd change - a very creditworthy light listen that left a smile on my face.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Walkers: Monroe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan A. Bliler
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    When Game Warden Eden St. Cloud goes up against CEO Monroe StoneCrow, she encounters the most intimidating, powerful, and sexy man she's ever seen. Unaware of the fact that Monroe is the Dominant Skin Walker in North America, it isn't until Eden becomes enmeshed in his life that she realizes it's too late to escape. Worse, she's drawn the children under her care into the lair of the beast and must now succumb to Monroe's desires or risk losing her children forever.

    karen says: "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
    "GRRREAT.... A NEW WERE-SHIFTER SPECIES"
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    A new were-shifter community has arrived (lucky us) as it's got some super-sexy Alphas, a decent plot and hot sex. However, Audible sometimes release books out of order and this is actually book 4 of the Skin Walkers series but you'd never know as the story can easily be a stand alone listen.

    Feisty, stubborn Game Warden Eden and an uber-controlling, confident, arrogant, handsome, rich multi-wereshifter Munroe (who's the Dominant over all of the North American Shifters) go head-to-head and, at first, they battle, argue and the friction between them is intense. But when they eventually warm to each other and the sexual chemistry becomes too much then it's clothes off as the Game Warden becomes fair game in a hot, passionate and very needy way because the collar round Munroe's neck has just announced that Eden is his mate and he's desperate to claim what's his.

    Good secondary characters - especially her children and an enjoyable, if slightly flawed, plot which tells of sacrifices made and the power that love has in all it's forms. Strong language, including the four letter C variety, narration was ok but lots of gasps between sentences however hero's voice was sexy and there were sexual dom/sub scenes as a strong very Alpha male meets his fated Angel.

    Worth a credit? Although Munroe was a jerk to begin with thankfully he redeemed himself half way through into a loveable caring hero (who's an animal in the bedroom) which easily made this a creditworthy listen and I will watch out for future books.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Unbound: The Forbidden Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cat Miller
    • Narrated By Neva Navarre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick.

    CAROLYN says: "IT BLEW ME AWAY"
    "IT BLEW ME AWAY"
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    I can safely say that my Library is overflowing with Vampire book/series but NONE, and I mean NONE, had the same impact on me that this minute by minute, pulse-pounding, gut-wrenching phenomenal and intense listen had with it's romantic and emotional heart-wrenching twists and turns, revelations, surprises, secrets and shocks. Cat Miller has created a new Vampire world with it's Laws, Dictates, Rules, Prophecies, Villains, Heroes, Heroines and innocent bystanders that'll suck you into the non-stop dramas and dilemmas that's forced, welcomed or thrust upon so many of it's characters. Then, at the end if the listen, you're left emotionally drained and dazed that the story has not ended..... but rather the battle has just begun.

    I'm not going to give any further details as it just wouldn't be enough, or fair to give clues that may rob you of the excitement and pleasure of finding out what a gem this awesome listen is but I will say that it's also an absolute bargain at $7.34 for over 15 hours of pure paranormal escapism at it's best.... including any flaws.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Billionaire's Bed: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Audrey Petty's always been the responsible one. The good twin. Successful, dependable, and trustworthy-that's Audrey. She'd be the perfect girlfriend for her childhood crush, billionaire Cade Archer...except that she's pretty sure she's not even on his radar. But when fate (and her chaotic twin) come together, Audrey finds out that she'll be spending the next month with Cade at his remote cabin retreat. It's a dream come true... Until she meets her worst nightmare.

    CAROLYN says: "THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER"
    "THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER"
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    Six Billionaires who form a secret society when younger are slowly being picked off and brought to their knees by love and in this book it's the handsome, sexy, charismatic, playful playboy Reese that fails to duck when cupid's arrow flies towards him. Each book could be a stand-alone listen with only slight references to previous partners/events.

    Audrey, the sensible 'good twin', is unaware that she's about to have a bad day when she agrees to help detox her famous 'bad twin' Daphne at Cade's remote cabin. Cade is the man she's loved and dreamed of from childhood and she plans to tell him but she wasn't expecting the unwanted company of his friend - the womanising, annoying and oh so tempting Reese. Reese soon sees both the dynamics of the group and the fire that's hidden beneath Audrey's plain facade and is gleefully looking forward to an exciting, sexy new challenge. He soon learns just how to push Audrey's buttons to bring out her feisty fiery side so when her being mad at him leads to her being bad with him he takes every opportunity to stir things up and even blackmails her with sexual sensual wagers which result in sizzling sexual chemistry, some hot action and so much more. But Cade and Daphne interfere with disastrous and devastating consequences.

    Worth a credit? The likeable characters, the humor and the twisted dilemmas, draws you in and will have you emotionally invested in the outcome of the foursome's stay at the cabin. So, if you're looking for an entertaining, funny, hot, contemporary, light listen with a drool-worthy Hero and a romantic story with an Epilogue that'll leave you with a smile on your face, then you've just found it. Pure peachy escapism and very credit-worthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Finding My Faith: Six Saviors, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Carly Fall
    • Narrated By Chris Chambers
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Growing up in a small Northern Arizona town, Faith Cloudfoot's life was spent playing in the forests surrounding her house under the protective eyes of her father, and learning about the legends of her Native American heritage. Yearning for more out of her life, she moves to Phoenix, Arizona at the age of twenty-three where she is kidnapped and almost killed. Rayner has a special ability, one that weighs on him like a curse. He can see spirits trapped in between life and their final resting place. Because he can't do much to help them, he studiously ignores them.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5 AS I'M ON THE FENCE WITH THIS ONE"
    "3.5 AS I'M ON THE FENCE WITH THIS ONE"
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    Six elite Warriors from the Planet SR44 came to Earth in search of 12 evil Colonists who broke free from their prison and 200 years later they're still searching but now they're fighting the descendants too. Each Warrior has a unique special ability and, at night, coloured glowing eyes and, in this book, Rayner's ability is that he sees the souls of people who are near to death and, on this present mission of finding a kidnapper and his victims, he stumbles across Faith's soul and is instantly attracted to her but she's close to death and is one of the victims.

    Rayner's a kind gentle Alpha Warrior who longs to go home to SR44 and has always done his duty but he's never really allowed himself to enjoy Earth and doesn't think his ability is any good because it takes a complicated ritual of finding the person's body, some sacred words being said and love. Impossible right.... wrong so he, and his team mates, frantically try to piece clues together in order to catch the kidnapper and find Faith's body before her soul moves on or the kidnapper decides to murder again but the clock's ticking and Faith's soul is fading.

    Faith is a strong, independent, beautiful Native American with red hair and there's a Navajo Legend about her and, as Rayner spends time with her soul trying to find her body, they both feel the chemistry, sexual attraction and the ease of mutual common interests but Rayner is not into an inter-planetary relationship that would stop him getting home.

    Worth a credit? It's an enjoyable, tense and well described Sci-Fi love story that has a bit of humor, suspense, action, kidnapping, murder, interesting secondary characters, an evil Colonist, tragedy and a denied love as tortured Rayner fights his feelings right up to the bitter-sweet end. But I felt the romance was missing along with passion and sex which only briefly happened at the end.... so YES it's an exciting creditworthy addition to this new series and the H/H slowly fell in love, but I'm afraid it didn't leave me with that 'feel-good' factor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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