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CAROLYN

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  • Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (894)
    Performance
    (833)
    Story
    (837)

    Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom - as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia's notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?

    Jeri says: "Dayum!!!"
    "NOW THIS IS WHY KC IS AN AUTO DOWNLOAD FOR ME"
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    It's not because they are brilliant unpredictable passion filled stories, written by a very talented author, nor because each chapter is packed full of great characters - including hunky vampire types, and not even because KC paints such a visual fantasy world for us to picture and get lost in and finally it's not even because these books are definitely 'adult only' listens....

    But put them all together AND THEN finish it off with RP's talented, flawless and gifted narration then you have a paranormal/romance lovers dream listen. This is a 'just one more chapter' type of book - "I'll listen to just one more chapter then get dinner ready..... or start the ironing.... or go to sleep (you get the picture)" all the while knowing that you just can't stop at just one - finally you become a hungry insomniac with nothing to wear

    Worth a credit? Well fellow P/R listeners - that would be a big fat YES.... and then some.

    39 of 41 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 0 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 1 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
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    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 2 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
  • A Lush Betrayal: Lush, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Selena Laurence
    • Narrated By John Wray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Joss Jamison has it all. He's the lead singer for the world's hottest rock band, Lush. He's wealthy, sexy, talented...and miserable. Twelve months ago, Joss lost his finely honed control and made a mistake he can't undo. A mistake that could end up costing him his best friend, his band, and maybe his heart.Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She's been hired to document the world tour of her sister's fiance's rock band. She's gorgeous, talented, loved...and sick of being the little sister.

    Denise says: "Unexpectedly Loved It!!!"
    "A VERY ENJOYABLE ROCK 'N ROLL ROMANCE"
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    I really felt for Joss…. he's a famous, sexy, gorgeous, wealthy rock star but under it all he's so damaged. Loneliness and guilt over a betrayal is eating him up inside until Mel blows fresh air into his life but the big secret of his betrayal is having mental and emotional consequences on not just him…. tensions rise and you know that eventually someone's going to let the cat out of the bag so it's just a question of when, where and how.

    Told from dual POV's this is a train wreck romance and you know there's no way of stopping the heartbreak that's going to happen. It's romantic, emotional, entertaining and very addictive as their road to the HEA starts off great with brief touches, flirting and kisses leading quickly to passion but there's oblivious characters, guilty characters, innocent characters and spiteful characters and the volatility keeps rising until it ignites. There is an eventual very touching and romantic happy ending (so no cliffhanger here).

    I thought the narrator's voice was a bit too old for all the male characters and his female voices were not too good either.

    Worth a credit? Oh yeah.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Stand: Reapers Motorcycle Club, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese "Picnic" Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he'd never love another woman. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy-he definitely doesn't want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong. Too bad he's completely obsessed with her.Besides running her own business, London has her junkie cousin's daughter to look after.

    Maryann says: "An emotional roller coaster."
    "IT'S A RAW & GRITTY WORLD........ & I LOVED IT"
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    Joanna Wylde's Reaper series is an auto download for me.... why you may ask? Well they're so well-written, action-packed, have great characters in them, there's always snappy witty dialogue, with hot sex scenes, a very sex-driven Alpha Hero who always finds his 'old lady' from an unusual romance and, despite all the hurdles put his way, manages to draw you into the unforgiving world of the MC Club.

    In this one there's also blackmail, kidnapping, torture, rape, family tragedy, biker loyalty and a battle that has all the MC Clubs banding together to overcome the threat that's been building in each book. As London has to make a no win decision the poop really hits the fan big time for her so it's a good job she eventually proved herself worthy to be Reese's old lady in the end.

    Worth a credit? It's a raw gritty world that has it's own lifestyle and rules of conduct but once you've been accepted in they're a caring, protective and loyal band of brothers. And if you think you can listen to their often crude way of thinking/talking then I'm sure you too will think its a must have series and very creditworthy. Narration was excellent as usual. Could be a stand-alone listen.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Vow: Save the Date, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Cara Connelly
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maddie's all about right and wrong. Adam's shades of gray. So when he uncovers the hot body under her hard-ass veneer and she finds he's a thief with a heart, can the law-and-order lawyer and the fast-and-loose felon put their prickly past behind them?

    CAROLYN says: "RICHLY DESCRIBED COMPLEX CHARACTERS FIND TRUE LOVE"
    "RICHLY DESCRIBED COMPLEX CHARACTERS FIND TRUE LOVE"
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    Adam, the handsome arrogant Billionaire, thinks he has everything and what he hasn't got he can just buy and he's just paid a lot of money for the services of the Prosecutor who nearly put him away for theft 5 years earlier. The pocket sized Lawyer Maddie is very confident and good at her job but when it comes to her personal life then that's a totally different story.

    Both have been moulded by childhood Demons and there's secrets big and small and whilst Adam is manipulating Maddie their sizzling attraction grows into much more but Maddie is a tough nut to crack when it comes to doing relationships. Adam doesn't want to give up on her and tries everything but, just as things are finally looking up, Maddie unfortunately walks in on a shocking secret.

    This was another very enjoyable listen that had angst, humor, snappy banter, interesting secondary characters, secrets, surprises, a stray 'John Doe' dog, lust which is quickly acted on, sex, a nice slow to develop romance between two damaged hearts and the healing power of love.

    Worth a credit? A smoothly written very entertaining Contemporary romance about a Playboy/Thief whose eventual character growth redeemed him thanks to a feisty Lawyer who, in turn, eventually exorcised the Demons from her past thanks to the love and support of a reformed Thief. Could be a stand-alone listen but it does refer to the couple from the previous book and the narration was good. So, YES, IMO, a credit well used.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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