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CAROLYN

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  • The Mighty Storm: Mighty Storm Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Samantha Towle
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (495)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (469)

    It's been 12 years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved. Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed, and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both 14. Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect.

    CAROLYN says: "BEAUTIFUL WELL WRITTEN INTENSE LOVE STORY"
    "BEAUTIFUL WELL WRITTEN INTENSE LOVE STORY"
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    Ok, firstly call me shallow but the cover picture helped me chose this listen - but the story was just so touching and so much more than I was expecting.

    An intense and deep love story between 2 childhood friends who were, and are still, attracted to each other but their lives are in such different places that you can't think it will work out for them and, as she has to chose between the 2 men she loves, hearts will get broken. They were all likeable characters but you can't help falling for the handsome bad boy tattooed rock star Jake whose heart felt emotional vows will leave you breathless.

    It's a 'just another chapter' obsessional listen which had me losing nearly a night's sleep but it was sooo worth it. It has sex, drugs and rock n roll - yes there were gripping sex scenes but they weren't too descriptive but they told of their passionate feelings for each other.

    Worth a credit? Yes absolutely and it's a definite re-listen book until book 2 Wethering The Storm is released sometime in 2013 and finally - is there a Jake Wethers fan club I can join please?

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in Denim

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melanie Scott
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    As the team-owner's daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints' stadium - glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball's in her blood, and she's always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that's distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

    CAROLYN says: "A HALF n HALF LIGHT ROMANCE"
    "A HALF n HALF LIGHT ROMANCE"
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    This is an easy-going, feel-good contemporary romance and yes, it has an unbelievable 'as if' storyline but, for me, this is fiction so all's forgiven, there's an easy humorous banter between the H/H as they constantly clash heads that'll make you smile and there were a few sensual sex scenes.

    However, the heroine did sometimes come across as a spoilt woman not getting what she wanted..... to be C.E.O. but she acted more like a kid who didn't get her own way. Also, IMHO, there was too much inner dialogue and my pet peeve of too many "he said", "she said", "Alex said", "Mal said", "Lucas asked" "Maggie suggested"...... even when it was just scenes between the H/H which was totally unnecessary as the narrator did a good job with the M/F voices and they could each be easily recognized.

    Worth the credit? Sometimes an enjoyable and entertaining story is all you want, yes there was a drama that put everyone on high alert, but it was mainly an easy-going listen with some negatives. Just a three star listen tho and I certainly won't be asking for my credit back but sorry I can't recommend whether you should use a credit I'm afraid.... it's up to you on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Shadows: Blackthorn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lindsay J. Pryor
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Gifted with the ability to read the shadows of "third species" beings, Caitlin Parish is the Vampire Control Unit's most powerful agent. Despite that, her mission to hunt down Kane Malloy - a master vampire - comes with a death wish. Many have tried, but few have survived. For Caitlin, tracking Kane is about more than just professional reputation. With her parents both mysteriously killed seven years apart to the day, Caitlin knows that without Kane's help she is next.

    CAROLYN says: "THE FOUNDATION STONE TO A GREAT NEW PNR SERIES"
    "THE FOUNDATION STONE TO A GREAT NEW PNR SERIES"
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    Welcome to a new world with, it's rules, it's Prophecy, it's lores and it's characters which are made up of Humans, Vampires, Were's and, well….. others who are called the Third Species. There's Summer Town for the elite Humans and Third Species free, Mid town which is again Third Species free, Low Town where less fortunate Humans mingle with the Third Species and finally there's Blackthorne which is an un-policed Ghetto and is where the Third Species are forced to return to each night and live….. and that's where most of this exciting story takes place.

    It revolves around Caitlin a smart strong yet vulnerable Heroine who is obsessed at getting answers from the very handsome but manipulative, ruthless, arrogant and very sexual Alpha Master Vampire called Kane. But, in turn, sexy Kane has his own agenda which is all about vengeance however when they meet there's an unwanted sizzling sexual chemistry between them. As the plot unwinds there's plenty of world-building, action, tension, suspense, secrets, major major "OMG I didn't see that coming" plot twists, sex and an intense push/pull relationship between Kane and Caitlin as trust is a big issue and is constantly being tested.

    Told from dual POV's but Anne Flosnik's British narration somehow didn't fit this dark seedy world of Vampires as I'm used to her usual genre of happy Historical romances. Don't get me wrong, she did a great job but I personally think it would have been even better with a different narrator.

    Worth a credit? It's just the beginning of what will hopefully build to be an awesome series, there's a bit too much inner dialogue but it's a very addictive and enjoyable listen which has a building 'to be continued' storyline….. and I just can't wait to hear more. Totally worth my credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For the Record: The Record, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    With Congressman Brady Maxwell up for reelection and journalist Liz Dougherty about to graduate into a promising career, the ambitious couple's future is brighter than ever. They share a passion for their work… and for each other. But when Brady holds a press conference to officially introduce Liz as his girlfriend, reporters hungry for a scandal bombard her. Now, her every move is under a vicious magnifying glass, and her life feels like it's falling apart.

    CAROLYN says: "FOR THE RECORD...... BRADY'S EARNED MY VOTE"
    "FOR THE RECORD...... BRADY'S EARNED MY VOTE"
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    What a great conclusion to Brady and Liz's tumultuous roller-coaster love affair. There's not so many dramas as there were in previous books but their sizzling chemistry, sincerity, passion and obvious love for each other more than made up for it. Liz is thoughtful and supportive and Brady, ahhh Brady he's just swoon-worthily perfect in every way.

    As the backlash of 'outing' their relationship to the media builds and the frenzy starts, it damages, tarnishes and eventually destroys dreams.... but, as we see in this story, when one door closes another opens. Filled with loveable characters (and a few nasty ones too), there's angst, sex, great character development and one sweet sweet Epilogue. Told from Liz's POV until the end when we hear Brady's thoughts, hopes and dreams and the narrator was great.

    Worth a credit? Yes, it would have been, but at under $10 I bought it saving my credit for a more costly, but probably not as enjoyable, listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captivated by You: Crossfire Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield, Jeremy York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own. The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

    Ex-Student says: "What... what?!?!?"
    "YES I WAS CAPTIVATED BUT ALAS STILL NO CLOSURE"
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    Anyone who's been following the turbulent, obsessive, crazy and totally addictive love story between Gideon and Ava..... well you've probably either already downloaded this or you're listening to it now because, as fans of the series, we are all desperate that this tortured couple get their hard won HEA ending. But sadly, we don't get it with this book I'm afraid.

    When I started this series I thought it was going to be a trilogy but it didn't end at book three so seeing this I thought finally!! but nope yet another drama filled and a 'to be continued' ending. There were parts that dragged, parts I loved and their were plenty of romantic "I love yous", bags and bags of needy, greedy and hot sex and we delve deeper into the heart-achingly awful nightmares that's haunting Gideon from his past abuse. And, yet again, it seems the world is out to get them by destroying what Gideon loves most.... Ava but, in the end, he manages to do it all by himself.

    Come on Ms. Day enough is enough don't torture them, and us fans, any further, write a spectacular HEA ending for them that'll blow our minds and then finally we can all get closure on what has been an awesome series..... but do it STAT.

    Worth a credit? This fell in my under $10 rule so I bought it but of course I'd of used a credit on it come on...... it's Sylvia Day - it's Gideon and Ava and it's one step closer to the fireworks of a finale that I'm desperately hoping for. Told from dual POV's and the narration was great but I'm still not a fan of dual narration.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Changing Course: Wrecked and Ruined, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Aly Martinez
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    I met Sarah Kate Erickson when I was 21 years old. I was lucky enough to keep her for seven years before a tragic accident stole her from me. She didn't die, but sometimes I think it would have been easier if she had. I lived in a haze for those four years after the accident. Catering to her every need, even though she hated the very sight of my face. I tried to hold on to her and the future that we were supposed to build together. But you can't hold on to someone that doesn't exist anymore.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW...... NOW I'M EMOTIONALLY WRECKED & RUINED"
    "WOW...... NOW I'M EMOTIONALLY WRECKED & RUINED"
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    This tragic and haunting book grabbed me from Chapter 1 as I got caught-up in the heartbreaking story of Brett, Sarah and Jesse and the curveball life threw at them all and two other secondary, but important, characters. For seven years Brett has been damaged, drained and finally broken over his wife Sarah and even when he's with Jesse he just can't let go.

    What a roller coaster of an emotional journey this love story takes you on through beautiful then painful flashbacks of the past to beautiful then painful events of present day as the loving, supportive and devoted Jesse gives it her all, in a very raw and volatile relationship, in the hopes she'll eventually break through and win Brett's heart. There's passionate pleas, plenty of tears, vicious encounters, amazing loving fun filled days, humor, heartache, sweeping romantic gestures and lots of sex all told from dual POV's. Now I'm not a fan of dual narrators but they did a great job with the handful of characters and all the emotions this story called for.

    Worth a credit? I really really didn't want to hit pause or stop (and I've got the bags under my eyes this morning to prove it) as I was holding on for the HEA but I never expected it to be so, so,....... oh listen, feel and learn firsthand about it's climactic ending. Don't start this book until you've cleared the hours to devote to a great listen. Worth a credit.... Hell yes.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Night Unbound: Immortal Guardians, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (290)

    For centuries, Lisette d'Alençon has been a warrior against the dark. She fights alongside her brothers and comrades. But when the dreams start coming, she can't bear to confess them to the Immortal Guardians' command. She dreams of a dark-haired man with soft eyes and brutal wounds, a man her heart aches for-and a man she knows has been declared a traitor. Zach is an exile, a loner. He won't defend himself against false accusations or grovel to those who should have faith in him.

    Melanie says: "LEATHER PANTS AND WINGS! HOW COULD YOU GO WRONG!!!"
    "THIS SERIES IS WHY I LOVE PARANORMAL ROMANCE"
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    It's all been glowingly said before so all I'll add is what a great series this has turned out to be and this book, IMO, is simply the best so far. It's packed full of action, suspense, mystery, romance and a full cast of loveable characters and each scene is so well written and described that you feel you're there. Then Kirsten Potter added her magic and brought it all to life with her very talented narration. And the Hero, well who doesn't like a sexy, drool-worthy, vulnerable yet alpha, virginal winged Warrior who has fallen hopelessly in love.

    Told from various POV's and has an ongoing secondary plot so it would be best listened to after books 1-4 in the series.

    Worth a credit? I loved, loved, loved it all..... so of course I'm going to say YES.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Romancing the Billionaire: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Violet is Jonathan's weakness - he's still in love despite their volatile breakup a decade ago. But Violet's memories have a sharper edge. She has never forgiven him for abandoning her - or so she thought. When Jonathan's attentions turn seductive, she's in danger of falling for him all over again. And she can't help but wonder…. does he really want her, or just what she's hiding?

    Coooper says: "STORY OK ! NARRATION NOT !"
    "SPOILED BY THE NARRATION.... WHICH SUCKED"
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    Sometimes, when the narrator is so bad, it's hard to judge whether the book was good or not because it's so hard to get into the story. I've listened to the other four books in this series all narrated by JM but I truly don't know what happened to her while narrating this one coz she was awful, it was a painful listen and, in the end, I couldn't tell who was talking.

    The story was ok, nothing special, lots of sex and dirty talking, Heroine was annoying as Hell and the actual plot wasn't bad.

    Worth a credit? If I wasn't already into this series then I'd have to say no because of the sh*t narration! however I am following the series so I accept having to use a credit. There is one more bachelor billionaire left but sadly, before I use a credit on it, I'm going to have to listen to the Sample first and if she sounds like this then I won't bother with it - end of series or not.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gorgeous Chaos: Beautiful Mess Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By T. K. Leigh
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Finally able to face her fears of abandonment, Olivia Adler begins to prepare for the next phase of her life. But Alexander Burnham is still holding on to all the secrets about Olivia's past, trying to protect her. As days go by, Olivia is slowly starting to remember her past, and Alexander realizes that it's only a matter of time before she puts all the pieces together and figures out who he is… and who she is.

    Stacy Hahn says: "Love!!"
    "IT HAS IT ALL..... EPIC HIGHS & DRAMA-FILLED LOWS"
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    They've been through Hell and it's only going to get worse in this emotionally-packed, messed-up, tangle-filled drama Olivia and Alexander find themselves in when the shocking secrets that Alexander has rightly or wrongly withheld. But they slowly get revealed leaving Olivia dazed, shocked and heartbroken..... sadly, more than just once.

    Meanwhile the mysterious enemy is laying his evil trap by recruiting the help of the greedy and the spiteful and when his trap is finally sprung we get to see just who the mastermind behind the terrible web of lies and deceit is..... and what a mouth gapping shocker that was.

    It's got so much heartache and angst but there's also buckets full of sex, suspense, twists/turns, passion, romance and edge of your seat nail-biting tension when things take a bloody, dangerous and vile turn. Told from various POV's but mainly the H/H's and the Narrator did a wonderful job in injecting all the necessary emotions that every bitter-sweet scene called for and brought to life each character.

    Worth a credit? This isn't an easy listening, lovely, feel-good, sweet romance.... no it's a cruel, brutal and emotionally draining listen. It's also a well-written, heartbreakingly intense plot about love and betrayal so when these two lovers get their much deserved HEA ending all you can do is sigh with relief that their tumultuous love story has reached it's beautiful end. A non-stop listen and a credit well used.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Years: Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    It's been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother's best friend shows up unexpectedly - a man she hasn't seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he's a Shifter just makes him sexier.

    Raynell says: "Weston Pack!!!!! Excellent !!!!"
    "I LOVED EVERY SINGLE CHAPTER, PARAGRAPH & WORD"
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    To say my library's got a good share of Shifter books in it would be an understatement...... but I think this is absolutely THE BEST of all of them. It introduces you to a host of loveable characters who all get entwined in a really enjoyable and entertaining plot that's got everything I was looking for.

    In this first taste of the fresh were-world it's very much character driven and you can't help but feel part of their world as you get to know each of them and what part they all play in this new community. Dual POV's and the Narrator did a FANTASTIC job in bringing all of events and characters to life.

    Worth a credit? Oh boy is it ever, I loved it and I'm desperate for the next instalment which will be an auto buy for me.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Raine Falling: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paula Marinaro
    • Narrated By Will Damron, Jill Redfield
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money - he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her.…

    Frances says: "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
    "WHAT AN EPIC RIDE......... DONT MISS IT"
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    This is one of those listens that I just didn't want to stop listening to and then I was desperate to get back to because there's so much angst, surprises, twists, nail-biting tension, intrigue, heartbreak, family love, sub plots and romance that I was constantly in a state of "OMG what the Hell is going to happen next".

    It's a well written story that's got a wealth of world-building information and it's filled with well developed characters who each have depth, compassion and interesting back-stories who had me ABSOLUTELY captivated from Chapter 1. The Narrators did a great job in conveying all the feelings necessary to make a great storyline even more exciting and climatic. An awesome MC listen, told from various POV's, with snappy biker dialogue, occasional humor, dirty talk, lots of referring to sex but no actual scenes and a romance that was tough, tender, touching and traumatic.

    Worth a credit? I would of happily spent a credit on this but at under $8 I just bought it and saved my credit for a more costly listen but one that probably won't be quite as entertaining as this one was. As I've basked all day in the euphoria that this book has left me in my problem now is..... what can I possibly follow this book with.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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