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CAROLYN

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newark, New Jersey, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Midnight Embrace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amanda Ashley
    • Narrated By Carol Schneider
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    He whispers her name, and it echoes back to him on the wings of the night. She is so young, so alive. She radiates warmth and goodness, chasing the coldness from his being, banishing the loneliness from his soul. In four centuries of prowling, the shadows have brought him few pleasures, but the nearness of her soft lips, her warm throat, promise sweetness beyond imagining. She has wandered unchaperoned to the moonlit tomb where he takes refuge by day, little suspecting that with his eyes alone he can mesmerize her, compel her to do his bidding.

    CAROLYN says: "Mediocre.... building to fair/good in parts"
    "Mediocre.... building to fair/good in parts"
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    This is yet another book very nearly ruined by the narrator but thanks to double speeding I got through it.

    The story is set in the 1800s 400 yr old vampire Alesandro fed up with his un-life saves dying 17 yr old poor, naive, and innocent Analisa then takes her under his wing and falls in love with her and she falls for him almost straight away. The tension comes when Alesandro is stalked by a fellow vamp who wants him permanently dead.

    I found this to be a pleasant enough romance, I liked Alesandro BUT it could have been great - however it's so lacking in descriptions of things that your mind cannot picture the scenes, it was so slow it was painful, there was desire but no real passionate moments (no 'hot n heavy' bits) and it was so badly narrated.

    Worth a credit? It was like a vegetarian Big Mac - edible yes but not very enjoyable or mentally nutritious - so that would be a NO from me and I have now taken AA off my auto download list.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for Moore: Needing Moore Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julie A. Richman
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sexy entrepreneur Schooner Moore receives the birthday bombshell of a lifetime - his true love, college girlfriend Mia Silver, the girl who broke his heart when she fled without even a goodbye at the end of their freshman year, has been seen on Facebook. Feisty New York City advertising agency owner Mia Silver receives a shocking and unexpected email - a Facebook friend request from first love Schooner Moore, the guy who decimated her heart and soul when he committed the ultimate betrayal.

    CAROLYN says: "PART 1 OF YOUNG LOVE GONE WRONG & SECOND CHANCES"
    "PART 1 OF YOUNG LOVE GONE WRONG & SECOND CHANCES"
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    I really didn't think I was going to like this book when it went back in time from the handsome, successful yet miserable 43 year old Schooner drowning his sorrows and reflecting over his life. And, as it went back 24 years to slowly describe his life as the 19 yr old naive College student who was letting himself be easily (and frustratingly) manipulated by his plotting, bitchy beautiful girlfriend whilst all the time watching and wanting quirky Mia, it was a bit YA. However, as the plot unfolded, the once doomed love story drew me in when, now adults, they reconnected and rekindled their relationship..... but there were problems along the way.

    At 16 and 19 you think you know everything but, as Schooner and Mia found out, sadly that's not the case as life on Campus led to lies, misunderstandings, a shocking discovery and teenage insecurities which played a painful part in their breakup. However, at 40 and 43 they're confident and successful adults and they both know what they want..... each other. There was lots of angst, drama, a couple of enemies amongst a host of secondary characters, fairly light sex then a very hot shower scene and some tender touching parts as they finally get another chance to have their much deserved and long awaited HEA...... but there's an OMG of a tragic cliffhanger that crept up on me and left me with my face in my hands whilst saying "OH NO, NO, NO PLEEZE it just can't end there" but it did.

    Worth a credit? An enjoyable, easy-going, unrealistic, romance, once you get passed the frustrating, but I suppose necessary, foundation of the College romance which thankfully then leads into the adult romance that has both passion and pain which made this a romantic and heartbreaking listen. I love trilogies and this one is ok, although it isn't the greatest one ever, it has the potential to build into something really good and so YES it was a creditworthy addition to my library.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Your Corner: Redemption, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection - until a chance encounter throws them together. A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did.

    karen says: "A red Hot Angsty Listen full of Yummy Alpha Men"
    "BOOK TWO WAS A TOTAL KNOCK-OUT"
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    What a great follow up book and what a great drama filled love story.... I couldn't stop listening as the train wreck of Jake and Amanda's relationship picks up again two years later and the sexual tension and sizzling chemistry is still there between them but this time Jake wants more from Amanda.

    Gorgeous Alpha Jake was so patient, thoughtful, kind, sexy, protective and loving when it came to Amanda but he just couldn't break down her lifelong defences no matter how hard, and what, he tried. Apart from the steamy romance, the plot was also about a legal battle with Amanda's ex employers but it was also packed full of hot MMA fighters and entertaining secondary characters most of whom we met in book 1 and it was nice to catch up with Makayla and Torment.

    Worth a credit? Sarah Castille certainly knows just how to write about and describe a hot testosterone filled virtual Hero for me to drool over and there was plenty of excitement, angst, drama, sex, romance, fun, frustration and it all added up to a GREAT listen.... and YES it was so worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undone: Unbreakable, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rebecca Shea
    • Narrated By Amy Landon, Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    I've found it's easy to share my body but not my soul. I need no one, yet I crave her. Self-assured and independent, she doesn't need me, but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don't know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I've left untouched - undone. As she chips away at the walls I've built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love forever.

    Coooper says: "OK, PREDICTABLE, & LIKE SO MANY OTHERS IN GENRE"
    "RAW, EMOTIONAL, ROMANTIC & VERY ENJOYABLE"
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    Phewee, you'll really go through a spectrum of emotions with this one as one after another of highs and lows are felt during this listen.... the sweet initial romantic chase, the all too brief happiness of the capture and the sorrow as the H/H's devastating tragic histories are slowly and painfully revealed. And there's more heartache to come for them before you get to the final HEA chapter.

    Landon, the drool-worthy Cop, is emotionally shut off and only sleeps with a woman once but when he sets eyes on Reagan one night he knew he had to have her but he didn't realise what an impact she would have on his 'no commitment' life. Reagan is a successful Doctor and wasn't prepared to be swept off her feet by the gorgeous but emotionally damaged Landon but she hoped she could be the one to finally break through all his defences so she gave it her best shot. Romance, denial, sex, passion, tears, regret, heartache and, in the end, a beautiful love story together with some great characters are all intertwined in this well-written and descriptive plot.

    Worth a credit? This is a story of unconditional love, overcoming heartache and with trust, forgiveness and love the future can be yours to choose. I spent a very lazy Sunday hooked on this enjoyable emotional roller-coaster and, YES, totally credit-worthy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Scarred By Love: Scarred By Love, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By C.A. Harms
    • Narrated By Elena Taylor
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Riley thought she was in love... She thought she found the perfect guy until his aggressive behavior became too much for her to handle. Hurt and alone, she withdrew from the world, and hid from the chance of ever loving again. Zander, a sexy voiced lead singer and guitar player, had his sights set on Riley...Even though she continued to push him away. Riley was guarded and hesitant when it came to bad boys. After all, it was a bad boy who shattered her once before. But Riley soon realizes that Zander isn't who she thought he was, and he may be just what she needs.

    CAROLYN says: "YA.... NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING BUT IT WAS OK"
    "YA.... NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING BUT IT WAS OK"
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    This was an enjoyable YA listen about two College Students and all the drama, misunderstandings and heartache that goes along with it that you'd expect from this type of listen. I only gave it 3 stars because I don't usually listen to YA and, from the Summary, I thought this was going to be a totally different kind of listen.... not just a College guy playing in a band for kicks once a month.

    Worth a credit? Well, if you're looking for a contemporary YA listen with not too detailed sex scenes and a lot of boyfriend issues, from a variety of characters, then you'd like this book which doesn't finish on a cliffhanger but there is a "or is it?" at the end. However, I was looking for a more adult listen and if you are too then I would say save you're credit and look elsewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
    "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
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    Just when you think you've heard the last of a good vampire book BANG this series hits Audible's vast Library and you dare to hope that it's going to be good. Well I can happily tell you it's not only good..…. it's positively great.

    The dark, handsome, sexy and very Alpha Lord of the West Coast Vampires Raphael needs the help of a P.I. and Cynthia (aka Cyn) is more than capable at what she does but isn't prepared for the raw power that oozes out of Raphael he rules, he orders and all obeys him but although Cyn is frightened she is also fearless. Their attraction slowly simmers in the background then all of a sudden it erupts and the sex is frenzied, powerful and memorable and the sexual tension becomes intense. The romance runs alongside the other main plot of kidnapping, spies, murder, Russian vamps, a take-over bid, intrigue and some tense nail-biting times as the well described plot of who, when and why plays out with characters that are loveable, likeable, interesting and some that are just plain evil.

    Worth a credit? It was exciting, fast-paced, addictive, action-packed, fresh and I couldn't stop listening (being desperate to get to the HEA part) BUT shock and horror, no it's not a cliffhanger, it's a 'to be continued' listen which was equally a 'rip you hair out and scream' moment and very frustrating. However, very credit-worthy and an auto download for book 2 and I only hope that the wait is going to be a short one….. because I want it like yesterday!!!!.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of Entanglement

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Gina L. Maxwell
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Jordy says: "Hot! Hot! Freakin HOT!"
    "IT LEAVES YOU WITH THAT 'FEEL GOOD' FEELING"
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    Max was a handsome, carefree, no-strings kinda guy until he got to the Airport late to pick up his Sister's best friend Vanessa and, although she was really pi**ed off with him, their mutual attraction simmered. So he had to tread carefully because he desperately wanted to get to know the beautiful, intelligent and fiery redhead.

    Very enjoyable Contemporary Romance with likeable characters whose love story captured me from the start and kept me riveted with clever dialogue and witty banter, sexual chemistry, passion filled sex scenes and the touching and tender feel good chapters.

    Worth a credit? This was even better than book 1 and could be a stand alone well-written listen that'll have you begging for more from this talented Author.... so YES another credit well spent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Awesome!"
    "OH HOW THESE MADDOX BROTHERS WILL GET TO YOU"
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    Beautiful Oblivion is a great title for this book because that's how I was feeling - oblivious -about the outside world whilst listening and you know it's a good listen when you just can't wait to get back to it to hear what's going to happen next.

    Cami has a long distance boyfriend TJ and she's quite happy.... until one of the oh so good looking Maddox brothers, Trenton (who's a drool-worthy, sexy, tattooed fighter) starts making his move and he just won't take no for an answer but TJ wasn't giving in easily. Which was all really touching, funny, sad and romantic but there's a BIG secret she's holding back from Trenton which had me guessing but it was a "WHAT... GASP" surprise at the end when it was finally revealed.

    There was also a sub love story about Trenton's brother Travis and the girl he'd fallen for but, because this is a new Author to me, I hadn't realised their story has already been released in the Disaster books (which I'm about to download now). And another sub love plot about her best friend and room-mate Raegan's love life.

    Worth a credit? It was well-written, very addictive, there was drama and angst, had lots of "oh no's" and "yaye's" in it, with loveable characters and it was sweet, romantic and YES very creditworthy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unbelonging: Unbelonging, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sabrina Stark
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    She's a poor girl from Hamtramck. He's a billionaire bad boy from Detroit. They should've never crossed paths. But when they do, thanks to Chloe's latest housesitting gig, the collision of sparks, secrets, and misunderstandings leaves both of them yearning to belong exactly where they shouldn't - with each other.

    Christen says: "Finally, a Somewhat Original Story!"
    "SORRY BUT I'M ON THE FENCE WITH THIS ONE"
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    This was an ok listen but most of it was Chloe.... her thoughts, her needs, her actions, her wants, her insecurities, her mood, her feelings... well you get the drift and only sometimes is there actual conversations between her and other characters. She is hiding so many secrets but gets annoyed when Lawton asks what's wrong. She neither shares or gives him any helpful information and, although he has plenty of secrets if his own, I feel it's only Lawton that's truly working at the relationship. But without truth and trust they have nothing.

    The relationship didn't happen until late in the book, the sex scenes needed work and there was no real romance because they're both hiding so much from each other and the Author just skipped the two weeks that they were together. Chloe had such a depressing life with her step Mother's bad attitude, her finances, her job, her car, her stolen phone and her Career and when she took 'that picture' you just knew what was going to happen.

    Worth a credit? Really likeable, thoughtful, kind and drool-worthy Billionaire Hero but a Heroine that's independent, strong but poor with an attitude that'll drive you round the bend. Because of the tasty covers I downloaded both books available (yes folks I'm that shallow) and I'm glad to say that book 2 is sounding better than book 1, because going on the merits of book 1, then I wouldn't have bothered following this trilogy which ends on a cliffhanger. Hopefully this Author is finding her way and, by book 2 or 3 she will have upped her game.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Ropes

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sarah Castille
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    He scared me. He thrilled me. And after one touch, all I could think about was getting more . . . Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it's these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club's owner, she's the one feeling breathless. The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault.

    Jordy says: "I’m a sucker for strong Alpha males!"
    "I JUST DIDN'T WANT THIS LISTEN TO END"
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    I gambled on a new Author and what joy to find this very enjoyable listen was funny, fast-paced, sexy, passionate and has quick witty dialogue and some truly interesting secondary characters.

    But the main story is about penniless Makayla finding a part-time job where there's instant sexual chemistry with her boss, Torment, the drool-worthy sexy Alpha hunk who just happens to own, and is the top fighter, in the Fight Club. Makayla doesn't know what Career path she wants to take and suppressed memories of a childhood trauma makes her reluctant to join in with Torment's mild BDSM sex games. However, Torment has lots of secrets, a double-life and a haunting dark past that brings out his overprotective, demanding and dominant side (with ropes). Although they shouldn't be good for each other they can't help but feel the tension and the powerful lust that's building between them. Can either one change before it's too late and will Makayla finally know what she wants to do with her life..... oh it's a peachy listen.

    Worth a credit? Take a sweet, very hot romance between two loveable characters, add a non stop action-packed plot, a Fight Club and some funny secondary characters and top it off with some lol moments and then YES, you've got a very creditworthy listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (238)

    Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears, and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life - freeing others like him. True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman - the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim, too.

    Mona says: "Excellent"
    "AN ACTION-PACKED, IMAGINATIVE & SEXY LISTEN"
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    Well now that we're on book 11 of this exciting series that never disappoints it goes without saying that any Laurann Dohner fan will love this next instalment of life in the Compound.... as True (aka 710) is the next New Species to find and claim his mate.

    There's so much in these books... hot sexy Alpha beasts, excitement, suspense, passion, romance, New Species sex (!!!), thrills, twists, villains and a great cast of characters who all add to the drama filled hours. Both True and Jeanie are loveable characters with a horrific past to connect them and, although True is now free, Jeanie is fighting accusations, lies and an mastermind who wants to silence her. But both of them deserve to be happy for all the trauma they've been through and for being the perfect mate for each other.

    Worth a credit? As with the previous 10 it's a definite YES and I suppose this could be a stand-alone listen but you'd be missing key elements and so many great and imaginative stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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