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CAROLYN

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  • Primal Bonds: A Shifters Unbound Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (229)

    When a female Shifter comes to town seeking refuge, Feline Shifter Sean Morrissey claims the new arrival and finds a beautiful woman who looks him straight in the eye without fear, stirring the mating frenzy within him. To relocate to a new Shiftertown, half-Fae, half-Shifter Andrea Gray must accept a new mate. But Andrea's intense attraction to Sean is something shen ever expected - a perilous complication for a woman with a troubled past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "AN ENCHANTING & ENJOYABLE SHAPE-SHIFTING ADVENTURE"
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    Phew, I'm exhausted after this listen about very primal alpha male shifters (check out the cover picture girls) and good/evil fae all battle it out either against each other or stand together as pack fight pack and fae fight fae. Along with this is the touching, gentle yet sizzling romance as Sean (the Guardian with a big magic sword - come on minds out of the gutter - literally a real sword again check out the cover pic) battles his mating urge to change a mating 'bond of convenience' with Andrea into a true love bond because they both feel the strong pull to mate as the attraction grows and heats between them. There were sex scenes but they weren't too graphic in any way.

    It's been a long time since I listened to book 1 Pride Mates so I couldn't remember the storyline at all but this didn't much detract from my enjoyment of this listen so I guess it could be a stand alone listen. however, why deprive yourselves - if you haven't already downloaded the 1st book then I would start there, follow with this one, and sit back and savour an entertaining paranormal tale which, despite being a wee bit slow in parts, is an enjoyable listen. The shape shifting community is made up of warm, interesting and friendly characters that are ready to open their doors and let you see their lives, loves and world.

    Can't wait for books 3 Wild Cat and 4 Mate Claimed which were both published in 2012 so come on Audible where are they ?? and they will be followed by book 5 Tiger Magic later this year.

    Worth a credit? A good paranormal romance series to get your claws into which was definitely worth a credit so it's a YES from me.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Beloved One: The De Montforte Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Danelle Harmon
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    In this second installment of her breathtaking De Montforte Brothers series, critically acclaimed author Danelle Harmon introduces us to Englishman Lord Charles de Montforte, who awakens in the tender care of an American beauty after being wounded in battle. Amy Leighton has long wished for someone special to enter her life and take her away from a cruel, unloving step-family, but the handsome stranger is from an enemy land...and he's sworn to love another. A 1775-era Cinderella story sure to enthrall!

    Amazon Customer says: "Beloved Brothers!"
    "A CAPTIVATING CINDERELLA & A DAMAGED HERO ROMANCE"
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    Well Ms Harmon has done it again... she has written a breathtaking and heartbreaking saga of pain, betrayal, hardships, denial, loss, anguish and finally the healing power of love between characters who should have been enemies but instead fate stepped in and changed everything.

    As Charles (aka The Beloved One) is slowly nursed back to the living once more by Amy, the downtrodden sibling of the family, he is haunted by the past and is full of regrets. Because he feels the sexual chemistry building between him and Amy and, instead of the bond of friendship that they have built over the months, there is now something far deeper, sexual attraction, longing and much much more. That is until he gets the letters which shatters his world, his peace and his heart.

    Looking back on this listen in order to write my review I'm struck by just how much content this book actually contained. From the battlefields of America to the green fields of England isn't the only journey Amy and Charles makes.... they also make an emotional heartbreaking journey which nearly breaks both of them but there's also a journey of self discovery too which has the power to heal their broken hearts.

    Thank God the story is so powerful because the narrator nearly ruined it as he's all sorts of wrong for the story and, instead of sounding young and swoon-worthy, he sounded harsh, old and more like Winston Churchill.

    Worth a credit? Ms. Harmon has written a captivating story that spans a couple of years and she's filled it with a storyline containing heartbreak and loss, recovery and pain and forgiveness and passion. With likeable characters, a tortured romance, two nasty sisters, a nail-biting fire and a family's undying love. So YES a credit well used.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wild One: The De Montforte Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Danelle Harmon
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    England, 1776: Lord Gareth de Montforte is known as an irresponsible rake with a heart of gold. When he takes a bullet for boldly thwarting a stagecoach robbery, he is stunned to discover that the beautiful young woman he has heroically rescued, Juliet Paige, is his deceased brother's American fiancée, accompanied by her infant daughter.

    Kindle Customer says: "The Wild One First Book of a great Series"
    "A DIFFERENT, BUT VERY ENJOYABLE, REGENCY ROMANCE"
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    Great original story that was heartbreaking, emotional, funny and very entertaining and a good introduction to the antics and characters of the members of the De Montforte brothers. Sibling manipulation, a reformed handsome Rake, a beautiful American woman in need, character growth, sex and a lot of angst made this a 'just one more chapter' listen.

    However, IMO, the narrator's voice was hard, old and totally inappropriate for this listen because unfortunately it didn't make me swoon over the male Hero.

    There isn't a cliffhanger ending but there was a shocking discovery at the end which will be followed-up in book 2 so my suggestion would definitely be start with book 1.

    Worth a credit? Yes, and I've already downloaded ALL the rest in the series because I am that interested in each of the brother's welfare and happiness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Refrain: Tempest, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Michelle Mankin
    • Narrated By Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Two years ago, everything changed for the remaining members of the Seattle rock band Tempest. Two years is a long time. Too long to keep on remembering. Not nearly long enough to forget. In trouble with nowhere else to go, songstress Lace Lowell seeks refuge with the band during their stop in New York City. It's a risky move for her because they are both there, two impossibly good looking men whose lives are inseparably entwined with hers.

    CAROLYN says: "LOVE WITH PERSONAL STRUGGLES, CONFLICTS & PAIN"
    "LOVE WITH PERSONAL STRUGGLES, CONFLICTS & PAIN"
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    A gritty romance where hearts and friendships are torn apart. Dual POV, dual narration with the male voices being spoken by the deep and oh so sensual voice of Wen Ross but the female voice was only average. There were a couple of songs too.

    A tortured love triangle (that takes place while the group Tempest is on tour) between characters who have known each other since childhood and adolescence there are promises broken, regrets, secrets, jealousies and a deep love that cannot be denied any longer. It flashes back and forth in time giving the backgrounds and histories as to why certain choices were made and the consequences those choices have on their present day relationships.

    It's sometimes raw and gritty and also tells of the depressing effects of drug abuse and there's a bitter-sweet heartbreaking love story with touching scenes and some likeable secondary characters. A lot of angst as the whole dynamics of the group implodes and a few sex scenes that weren't too graphic. Great character growth for one but sadly a downhill spiral for another.

    Worth a credit? An enjoyable listen (made even better by Wen Ross) that eventually led to a HEA ending for most characters and I'll gladly be spending another credit on the next book in this series. So YES, IMO, a creditworthy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Beautiful Mess: Beautiful Mess, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By T. K. Leigh
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Olivia Adler is a woman with a troubled past. After losing her parents at the age of six and being raised by an uncle who she lost years later, she refuses to get attached to anyone, including friends. For the past decade, she has been able to remain unattached to any man, too worried about losing someone to get too close - that is, until Alexander Burnham walks into her life one night and changes everything. But Alexander has issues of his own, and he's keeping a secret that could turn Olivia's world upside down.

    CAROLYN says: "CHOC FULL OF DRAMA AND A HOT ROMANCE"
    "CHOC FULL OF DRAMA AND A HOT ROMANCE"
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    Olivia had a tragic past which is resurfacing and threatening her today but she is totally unaware of it because she is suffering from partial amnesia so has lost many early memories. Saved one night by a handsome stranger with beautiful green eyes, familiar eyes, eyes of a saviour from that terrible event that's been giving her nightmares, nightmares that leaves her mentally and emotionally scarred and scared.

    Alexander is a near perfect Hero, handsome, successful and loving but he's still heartbroken over the death of his childhood best friend, the best friend with beautiful brown eyes that he still searches for in every woman..... eyes that are now looking up at him from the beautiful face of a terrified woman. He remembers everything, she remembers nothing which leads to epic secrets, secrets that hold mysterious questions, danger, suspense, villains with evil plots, murder and, as their unavoidable chemistry explodes, it's secrets he should finally share with her..... but dare he.

    What a well-written and gripping romance/suspense story that had so many twists, questions and some very passionate love scenes that sometimes had light Sub/Dom moments. The narration was excellent and added personality, feelings and depth to the characters in the story.

    Worth a credit? This was a very emotional story, a story of undying love and it hooked me in from the start but it was one of those books that'll make you so annoyed with the Hero that you could just shake him for not divulging the secrets, secrets that involved the Heroine and is threatening her very life. Then, of course, came a very emotional heartbreaking cliffhanger which not only left me with a lump in my throat but it had me tearing my hair out that it had ended. Luckily book 2 isn't far away and I've already pre-ordered it so now comes the difficult part..... the waiting. Creditworthy.....OH HELL YEAH.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Come Away with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (770)
    Story
    (774)

    Being confronted on the beach by a sexy stranger wasn't part of Natalie Conner's plans for a peaceful morning taking photos. And why on earth would he think she's taking pictures of him, anyway? Who is he? One thing’s for sure, he’s hot, and incredibly romantic, feeding Natalie’s wounded soul.

    Jordy says: "recommended for all you erotic romanceaholics!"
    "WHAT A LUCKY LUCKY GIRL"
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    Oh, what a truly romantic story.... yes it's unbelievable with no dramas until very near the end but it's also touching, passionate and had lots of sex scenes in it. But I totally enjoyed hearing how these two met, fell in love and got their HEA ending.

    There was a lot of sweetly romantic gestures, maybe too many sex scenes and a very quick to develop relationship but I thought their love story was like a Fairytale come true and I guess I was just in the right mood for it. However, the Heroine's voice was too high at times and it sounded better when I sped up the speed.... thank God for technology.

    Worth a credit? Yes I loved this easy going light listen and it left me with a smile on my face and I'll definitely be downloading more from the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mating Brand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VanCoudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (111)

    Brand meets his dream girl in college - a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies, but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

    karen says: "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
    "SADLY IT JUST DIDN'T DO IT FOR ME"
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    I love L.D's books and I'm slowly trying to get through all of them but sadly I was disappointed with this one. Not because it's not well written or well narrated but because the H/H loved each other from the start so there was no build-up or slow sizzle. They had to part but years later when they met again it was an instant 'claiming' thing.

    There was conflict between Shifter Species, a bit of tension, drama and of course sex and yes there was romance but without that slow burn and the anticipation that brings it just didn't hold my attention, I wasn't gripped and my mind drifted to other things whilst listening to it.

    Worth a credit? It's a Dohner book so I should be saying YES but unfortunately, for me, this time it's got to be a NO.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Record: The Record, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    For political reporter Liz Dougherty, election day—a day of looking toward the future and saying goodbye to the past—seems like a fitting time to start a new relationship. But feelings for her former flame still linger…. The sexy second book in bestselling author K.A. Linde's Record series decides whether it’s better to pick up the pieces and move on…or to pick up right where you left off.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great 2nd installment!"
    "PERFECT SERIES BUT HOW LONG MUST I WAIT FOR BOOK 3"
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    What a great second instalment that had so much emotional turmoil and drama as Liz tries to pick up the pieces of her broken heart and move on with someone new but it's hard because images of Brady, the oh so sexy Senator, haunts her every move.

    The storyline, the heartache, the passion, the angst, the sex, the narration, the twists, the betrayal and the enduring love that was all contained in this well written book had me debating listening to this, and book 1, all over again. Well all that and a perfect Hero!!

    Worth a credit? If I'd used one then YES I would be more than happy, but at under $8 I'm ecstatic..... and that's exactly what I'll be when book 3 becomes available.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taming the Storm: The Storm, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Samantha Towle
    • Narrated By Aletha George, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Her father has let her down her whole life. Her brother betrayed her in the worst way possible. And her past relationship experiences with men have been less than great. Now Lyla is pouring all her energy into her band, Vintage. So when they receive an offer to sign with TMS Records, it seems that things are finally turning around. The last thing that Lyla wants is a man getting in the way. Tom Carter loves women. More accurately, Tom enjoys screwing lots of women

    CAROLYN says: "I WAS SUCKED IN AS ALL THE PASSION & PAIN UNFOLDED"
    "I WAS SUCKED IN AS ALL THE PASSION & PAIN UNFOLDED"
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    If you've listened to the previous books then you know Tom is the sexy man-whore and Bassist in the Band TMS with a carefree love em and leave em attitude and a bad reputation, that is until someone's life is threatened and he makes a pact with God. Lyla's well aware of Tom's reputation and she's resisted him twice before but when they have to go on tour together the sizzling chemistry, his raw sex appeal and his persistent Alpha magnetism makes her strike a bargain that's going to bring pleasure, joy and hot hot sex but heartache and pain is around the corner.

    Two characters battling Demons from their pasts struggling to find happiness who are thrown together makes a very volatile mix and a powerful and enjoyable listen as they play an intense sexual cat and mouse game.... but who catches who? There are great secondary friends who are like a tight family and also a sub plot of Lyla's brother's terrible betrayal and the emotional heartbreaking consequences that brings to both of them. There's several appearances of Jake (book 1) finishing in his and Tru's wedding.

    A well written and well narrated rock n roll romance that didn't disappoint.

    Worth a credit? A roller coaster relationship that had an expiry date, a likeable Heroine that denied the attraction but wanted more and a damaged Hero whose hard shell was protecting his already shattered heart and, for a few passion filled weeks they had it all. A very hot, emotional listen with witty banter, heartache, drama, jealousies and pain but thankfully much needed character development leads to a tear filled HEA ending.... and so worth a credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ignited: Most Wanted, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Kelly Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    "He promised to take me as far as I could go - and I wanted to go to the edge. My whole life has been a cover, a con, a lie. I was born into the grift, raised on the thrill of playing someone I'm not. As a rule, I never let anyone get too close - until Cole August makes it impossible for me to stay away." An all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.

    Kindle Customer says: "another 50 Shades of Grey?"
    "LAYERS OF PAIN/DENIAL/OBSESSION/PASSION & HOT SEX"
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    Cole, the third and final rich, successful, handsome bachelor businessman from Chicago's infamous trio of bad boys called The Knights. He tries to play hard to get when Katrina shows him just how desperate she is for him because he's frightened of hurting her. Both have been physically abused in the past and the scars still haunts them today but it has resulted in Cole's sexual needs to be very dark and Katrina has to accept his ways or lose him forever. First denial, obsession, then sparks and finally a lot of passion and hot sex but along with it are their back stories and a sub plot involving Katrina's con artist Father.

    I thought this was the most enjoyable of the three books, there was their heartbreaking pasts, the tense build-up to their relationship, the hot sex, drama, suspense, a romantic secret passion is revealed, a shocking twist at the end and some secondary characters from the previous two books. There is also a couple of brief encounters with Damien and Nikki Stark from the Stark trilogy.

    Worth a credit? Very enjoyable hot listen with plenty of Sub/Dom and BDSM sex play but there was a lot of emotional conflict, angst and character change as these two lovers finally trust and realise that they could actually be perfect for each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Far Away: Never Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ella wakes up to a world turned upside down, recovering both physically and emotionally from attacks she can't remember. Her only memory from the past weeks is a nameless voice that echoes in her mind, causing her heart to ache and her soul to seek "Him. "Living a life without Ella is no life at all, and Porter decides to do whatever it takes to remind her of their love. Recognizing Porter without remembering him, Ella reacquaints herself with this gorgeous man, their explosive chemistry, and the possibilities that lie ahead.

    Julie says: "Beautiful story well told"
    "A BEAUTIFUL, TOUCHING & ENTERTAINING SEQUEL"
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    This book takes place eight weeks after the shocking cliffhanger from book 1 and Porter has been heartbroken and devastated but he's been by Ella's bedside the whole time..... ahhh true love. Sadly, things didn't go right and my emotions were constantly being put on high alert during this listen, whether it was joy and happiness, anger and sadness, fear and dread or just to bask in their beautiful relationship.

    Anie Michaels created the perfect Hero when she made Porter as he was so so thoughtful, kind, sexy, loving, supportive, handsome... oh I've got to stop myself from gushing here but he was mouth-wateringly perfect. The story drew me into their world and didn't let me go as it took me through their heartache, their pain, their fear, their happiness until eventually, and finally, their HEA.

    Worth a credit? If you like a well described and well narrated story that had a H/H that don't lie, don't argue, have no secrets, would sacrifice themselves for one another, are very much in love and show it with plenty of sex. Also, there's a bitter violent ex who's a constant threatening presence, great secondary characters, drama and a climactic ending then this book is for you. This sequel left me purrrring and was definitely worth my credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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