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CAROLYN

I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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  • Wild Cat: Shifters Unbound Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    When Diego Escobar assists in what should be a simple taskof arresting a trespasser, he comes face-to-face with his first Shifter-thebeautiful Cassidy Warden, sister of the Shiftertown leader. Assigned to watchover her, Diego learns more about the lonely, wild Cassidy than it's safe toknow.Diego might be human, but he's virile and darkly handsome, and stirs Cassidy'smating desire, which she thought dead forever. Once the fires begin, nothingand no one can put them out.

    CAROLYN says: "ENJOYABLE YES..... BUT MORE OF A POP THAN A BANG"
    "ENJOYABLE YES..... BUT MORE OF A POP THAN A BANG"
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    I usually love these types of paranormal/romance books and also anything JA writes is an automatic download for me. But I'm so sorry to say that there was just something about this listen that missed it's mark with me.

    I don't know whether there's just too many sub plots going on at the same time as the main romance - yes there's a thread running between most of the plots but it just seemed a bit disjointed and didn't flow quite right. It had some great characters in it and it was action packed however, it seemed such a fractured story that it failed to make me care enough about any of it. Yes, there was a sweet romance going on between the two main characters - a cop and a were-cat, but even their sex scenes seemed more 'motion' than 'emotion' and, as a result, it failed to grab me.

    Worth a credit. Well, if you've been happy with this series then I guess it's a must but this particular listen sadly just didn't really do it for me. However, I will download the next one in the hope of a more focused storyline.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Fire: Forbidden Love, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Danielle James
    • Narrated By Nathan Drake
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Rebel has finally found his mate, and oh boy is she a fiery one! Convincing Leigh that she is his could prove dangerous to Rebel's well-being. Keeping her would prove dangerous to his entire family and everyone he loves. To keep Leigh and his family safe, Rebel will have to change who and what he is and fight the battle of a lifetime.

    "A GREAT LISTEN.... MY EARPHONES NEVER LEFT MY EARS"
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    Ooops, I've accidentally skipped book 2 which is a problem I'll soon be putting right because these awesome books draw you into a world where Vampires, Werewolves, Fae.... and now another paranormal creature all openly co-habit the world of the Humans. But even more it's the brotherly love you feel between this crazy band of five Vampires/Rock Stars who all happily live under one roof like one big family together with a couple of mates and one sweet little girl.

    Leigh had a big big secret and she was running from someone so she didn't do friends or relationships and every couple of years she moved towns but she was being stalked by a determined love sick Vampire that was sure she was his mate. But little did Rebel, that love sick Vampire, know that he was about to bring danger, drama, death, destruction and despair on his family by claiming the one woman that was meant for him.

    A non-stop nail-biting, edge of your seat thrilling listen by a talented author whose world-building skills made you easily envisage each scene and each character as all the drama and romance plays out. There's a feisty kick-ass Heroine whose angry snappy dialogue soon turns into one of sighs of contentment and moans of delight when she gets a sight of her naked Hero (and who can blame her). Good narration from multiple POV's but mainly the H/H's.

    Worth a credit! This is an Author who likes to play with your emotions and boy does she succeed in this pulse-pounding story and she writes a great paranormal romance bursting with love and exciting action.... so YES very creditworthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Public Relations

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tibby Armstrong
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    Billionaire playboy Peter Wells pays for sex. His girlfriend-for-hire arrangements are tidy, simple, and not apt to land him with a palimony suit. When an anonymous gossip columnist reveals his predilections for escorts and control, Peter vows revenge.

    CAROLYN says: "A 'FEEL GOOD' ROMANCE & PURE PERFECT ESCAPISM"
    "A 'FEEL GOOD' ROMANCE & PURE PERFECT ESCAPISM"
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    After listening to my last book I just wanted a bit of lighthearted contemporary fluff and that is exactly what I got from this listen but so much more too. At a Charity Ball Gossip Reporter Georgia witnessed something in a side room that she shouldn't have and wrote a damning article about handsome and debonaire Billionaire businessman Peter. Outraged Peter had to find the woman responsible so bought the Paper and was determined to get his revenge.

    When Georgia is forced to spend time with Peter she sees beneath his cold 'paid professional hookups' and discovers the tragic reason why he's like that. But it's her that is keeping secrets and leading a double life and the closer they become the more he opens up to Georgia which means it's getting harder to keep her secret until she no longer wants to. However, does she come clean and will she survive the fireworks?

    A totally sweet, ultimately predictable, implausible yet entertaining and enjoyable plot, a nice group of secondary characters, intrigue, drama, fun, likeable heroine and hero especially when their deep routed layers were finally peeled back, romance and steamy sex scenes. Dual POV's good narration.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for an easy listen with a good romantic plot that's got suspense and heat then YEAH this'll deliver.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lauren Blakely
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Your presence is requested for another installment in the tale of Julia and Clay, two red-hot lovers. Come inside their world of passion and suspense once more for a delicious and heart-poundingly dangerous story of pearls, handcuffs, thieves, mobsters, poker, and pleasure in the city of sin...

    CAROLYN says: "A GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN STEAM & STORY"
    "A GREAT BALANCE BETWEEN STEAM & STORY"
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    A great finale for Clay and Julia's love story where Lauren Blakely managed to weave a lot into just a few hours.... a tense drama filled kidnapping, intrigue, mystery, perfect sizzling chemistry, dirty witty banter, a sweet romance ending in a beautiful Las Vegas wedding and, of course, lots and lots of hot sex (and I'll never look at pearls in the same way again!!!). They've grown as a couple through shared secrets, they've gained each other's trust, taken on a Mafia Boss, developed an unbreakable bond, had hot sex just about everywhere and now finally they can reap the rewards. And Clay's comic brother Brent was an added bonus too.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's plus more characters, Josh Goodman did a great job, an addictive and very enjoyable story makes this a creditworthy purchase but at just over $10 I saved the credit for a more costly listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • After This Night

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lauren Blakely
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Their world was passion, pleasure and secrets. Far too many secrets. But Clay Nichols can't get Julia Bell out of his mind. He's so drawn to her, and to the nights they shared, that he can't focus on work or business. Only her. And she's pissing him off with her hot and cold act. She has her reasons though - she's trying to stay one step ahead of the trouble that's been chasing her for months now, thanks to the criminal world her ex dragged her into.

    CAROLYN says: "ALTHOUGH PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER THERE'S SECRETS"
    "ALTHOUGH PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER THERE'S SECRETS"
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    I went back and listened to Night after Night which is the first book in Clay and Julia's budding love story of instant chemistry, instant lust and instant soul mate connection because sadly books 2 and 3 slipped by me and so it's been nearly a six month gap between books and I'm so thankful that I did as I'd forgotten a lot about their personalities and their story - anyhooo.....

    This was a good continuation to the dilemma that faced Julia as she had to choose between holding on to the love of her life, letting him go to protect him or sharing her story with him knowing he hates lies and secrets so she could lose him anyway. And she's still being used and threatened by the Mafia money lender and he ups his threats to more devastating and deadly ones.

    Dual POV's, narrator was good but I think his female voices could have been better, there's angst, drama, guilt, a few fractures in their relationship which they always thankfully got over by lots of emails back and forth between them saying in the written word what they couldn't say in person, a nice romance with some tender moving words, dirty talking and lots and lots and lots of hot sex.

    Worth a credit? Yes, it's totally unrealistic (but I didn't care), Julia annoyed me at times (but I forgave her) and there was maybe too much sex (with some over descriptive 'juices' issues)..... but despite everything I still really enjoyed it. And I'm now eagerly off to listen to book 3 to see what fate has up her sleeve to cause the two happy lovers more grief and heartache.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon’s Lair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Chantal Fernando
    • Narrated By Cat Gould
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When I found my boyfriend cheating on me, I did something stupid. Or should I say, someone? Because of that mistake, I'm now stuck in a world I don't belong in. I'm a law student. They're criminals. He's the Vice President of a MC. I'm a good girl with a strict upbringing. He's my ex-boyfriend's brother. And I'm screwed.

    CAROLYN says: "MY EARS MY EARS......NARRATOR RUINED A GOOD STORY"
    "MY EARS MY EARS......NARRATOR RUINED A GOOD STORY"
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    I love a MC biker story and the Summary of the book had me intrigued and the actual story was quite good...... with the typical Club House antics, sex, drama, angst, secrets and a host of likeable biker characters. But what totally ruined the whole thing was the AUSTRALIAN narrator whose accent was harsh on the ears and even the romantic tender moments didn't, IMO, come across well. I know the Author is Australian but there was no mention of place names and so this would have been a much much better listen if it had been an American narrator.

    I would also of preferred it to have been a dual POV listen but sadly it was just from the heroines.

    Worth a credit? Nope, not unless they re-record it as it became painful to listen to her and her voice eventually gave me a headache.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Valorous: Quantum Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By M.S. Force
    • Narrated By Brooke Bloomingdale, Cooper North
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    He's a sexual dominant. She's sworn off sex. There's no way they can make a relationship work - or can they? Join world-famous movie star Flynn Godfrey and first-year New York City teacher Natalie Bryant as their story unfolds in three full-length books, released three weeks in a row: Virtuous, Valorous, and Victorious.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW-WOW-WOW..... ALL CONSUMING & CLIMACTIC"
    "WOW-WOW-WOW..... ALL CONSUMING & CLIMACTIC"
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    Flynn and Natalie's whirlwind love story continues in this totally addictive second slice of their beautiful story but this starts off so tragically after Natalie's secret has been revealed and is splashed all over the world for everyone to share. So their relationship gets tested as Natalie comes to terms with her new situation and shares the disturbing and heartbreaking facts of her rape to Flynn and, of course, he is very loving and supportive throughout her ordeal and tries to fight her battles for her. However, Natalie doesn't stay down for long and together they are a very loving team..... but for how long?

    A lot happens, a lot changes, Flynn is still torn because of his BDSM lifestyle and Natalie is blissfully in love and unaware of the sexual secret he's held back from her...... until a chance meeting and a late night phone call changes everything. There's also a couple of GASP, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE YOU CAN'T JUST LEAVE IT HANGING THERE shocking cliffhangers which have me counting the days until I can eagerly and joyfully leap aboard the Quantum roller-coaster once more. And thank you Marie that it is only days.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's and really good narrators certainly helped to make this emotional listen a roller-coaster ride of breathtaking ups and devastating downs but the pure genius comes from Marie Force who's given her captive audience a Trilogy that I know I'll never forget. Sexy drool-worthy Hero, romance, sex, revelations, suspense and humor from one grouchy little dog all adds up, IMO, to a very very very creditworthy listen.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Never Giving Up: Never, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Aletha George, Nelson Hobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ella Sinclair wants nothing more than to give Porter Masters a family, and he wants nothing more than to marry his love. They have overcome many deep and dark obstacles and are finally ready to enjoy their happily ever after. The dream they share of marriage and a family hangs in the balance as they encounter one more obstacle from their past that could ruin everything they have.

    CAROLYN says: "THEY NEVER GAVE UP TIL THEY GOT THEIR HEA ENDING"
    "THEY NEVER GAVE UP TIL THEY GOT THEIR HEA ENDING"
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    Ella and Porter have faced so many hardships, challenges and heartbreaks in the previous books you think finally, now that they are married, all the hardships, challenges and heartbreaks are surely a thing of the past. So they bask in their hard won together time with lots of sex, tender words and loving touches and look forward to being a family. But unfortunately, in this very tender but equally very traumatic story, their joy at finally being parents are very quickly torn from them when they have to face maybe the biggest challenge of them all.

    Porter is always so amazing, so loving, so supportive and so sexy you just want to melt and Ella is sweet, equally loving, caring and has such character growth in this listen you can't help but feel proud of her. You really feel the close bond between the secondary characters and their families too. There's also more drama caused by the capture, imprisonment and eventual trial of the mystery shooter.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's, great narration (especially from the sexy voice of Nelson Hobbs) and finally their long awaited HEA..... every book was worth the credit and, if you haven't yet started on their emotion filled, heartbreaking, beautiful and very romantic journey, all I can say is you lucky lucky listener because you'll get to hear their love story without the annoying months of breaks in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nikolai: Her Russian Protector, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    After a brush with death as a juvenile delinquent, Vivian swore she'd never stray across that line again - but there's just one problem with her plan to stay on the right side of the law. She's completely, irrevocably and unabashedly in love with Nikolai, the Russian mob boss who saved her life.

    CAROLYN says: "OH SIGH, THESE LOVEABLE RUSSIAN ROGUES!!"
    "OH SIGH, THESE LOVEABLE RUSSIAN ROGUES!!"
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    Another winner from Roxie.... they've all got a great storyline, sex, suspense, secrets, intrigue, twists, surprises, violence and this one had a very sweet love story too as virgin Vivian and Mob Boss Nikolai's long long pent up attraction to each other and desire for one other is finally, yes finally acted on after years of longing looks, mustn't touch and denial. When an explosive kidnapping scene leaves Nikolai for dead and his thoughts that his beloved Ward Vee has been snatched to be tortured, raped or sold into the sex slave industry it sends him into an all consuming rage which kicks off his possessive 'mine' gene.

    Hot tattooed Russians, gangster warfare, Dad's from Hell, tortured histories, murder, a sex slave ring, a "who keeps doing this to us and why?" exciting plot and well loved characters from the previous books. Then there's a very thoughtful, sweet, passionate and finally sexy romance which had sometimes humorous, sometimes quick, sometimes dirty but always loving banter between the two of them. Nikolai felt unworthy of Vivian and he wanted to get out for her but instead he unwillingly and unwittingly dragged her further in.

    Dual POV's by a good narrator who had a lot of different accents and voices to do which she did well except sometimes I thought Vivian's voice sounded a bit young and with a couple of the sex acts she came across as naive for a woman of her age.

    Worth a credit? Yes..... and please keep em coming Roxie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. S. Scott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    Called an eccentric beast by the citizens of Amesport, Maine, handsome billionaire Grady Sinclair stays isolated in his mansion on a private peninsula. The arrangement suits Grady just fine - until an angelic woman rings his doorbell, awaking his long dormant passion with her fearlessness. All he wants is to make the fiery blonde his forever. But will he have to become the monster everyone thinks he is to get his Christmas wish?

    CAROLYN says: "SHORT..... BUT PACKED FULL OF HAPPINESS"
    "SHORT..... BUT PACKED FULL OF HAPPINESS"
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    First of all this is actually book 0.5 in the Sinclair Billionaire series and I purchased this Novella because I had already listened to book 1 No Ordinary Billionaire which was about Dante and this Novella is about his brother Grady.

    Anywhoo back to the book, this was a short but very enjoyable listen about the hermit Grady Sinclair but he had good reasons to dislike mixing with people, hating parties and had feeling like he was different from the rest of the Sinclairs. He dreamed of fitting in with the rest of his four siblings but he never did because of the actions of his cruel Father..... but, at 18, fate stepped in and helped him out.

    Thirteen years later, Emily fell on his doorstep (literally) desperately looking for a donation for the broke Charity Youth Centre where she was a Director and when handsome Grady himself opened the door it was game over for both of them because Grady made her an offer she couldn't refuse. It was a charming, funny, sweet, tender, romantic and heroic story as they clashed, argued, made mad passionate possessive love and shared Christmas together. With a couple of short drama filled near death experiences thrown in too.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's, a great narrator who could do male voices well and it was under $10 (and it was a bargain at only $5.24 while on sale) it was a very worthy buy so saving a credit for a more expensive listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Bound: Grim, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dani Harper
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Kidnapped on his wedding day in the 12th century and forced into a thousand years of servitude by a cold-hearted faery princess, rugged blacksmith Aidan dreams of nothing but revenge on his captor. Then the spell of a beautiful witch awakens him to the present day - and a passionate desire. But to build a future, he must first confront his past.… Modern witch and magic-shop owner Brooke doesn’t think her life is missing anything, until a wayward enchantment lands a brooding medieval blacksmith in her spell room - and in her arms.

    CAROLYN says: "A MYTHICAL REALM, MAGIC & MAGNETIC CHEMISTRY"
    "A MYTHICAL REALM, MAGIC & MAGNETIC CHEMISTRY"
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    What really blows you away with this new series is the fantastical world-building ability that Dani Harper has when she created this Fae Kingdom deep beneath the Welsh Hills with it's characters, creatures, myths, human prisoners and it's hidden enemies all held within. But worst of all is the innocent blacksmith Aidan who, in 1124, was kidnapped then cruelly turned into a Grim on the whim of a spoilt beautiful but evil Princess for not bedding her even though she tried to sexually lure him every time she saw him.

    Brooke is a good witch who nearly brought her house down when she unexpectedly summoned Aidan during his desperate bid to escape his heartbreaking captivity that had spanned decades. There was a Hubble bubbling of sexual chemistry, plenty of toil as they tried to protect themselves, and their friends, from the wicked Fae Princess and yes trouble when they underestimated her reach. Brooke has three cats who nearly stole the show but so too did the sub story that involved Laurien The Lord Of The Hunt.

    Aidan and Brooke don't get together until there's been plenty of back history referring to Aidan's kidnapping, his blacksmith's life and his awful transformation into a Grim (a big black frightening dog who are summoned when someone is about to die). And also how Brooke is struggling with her magic and what good close friends she has around her to support her..... who are going to be needed when Aidan 'drops' in from nowhere

    Worth a credit? Mainly dual POV's but there is extra input from other characters too, a good well known and liked narrator but she didn't quite get to grips with all the male voices, romance, tender times leading to a few nice sex scenes, suspense, humor and a bit of a predictable twist. Pure fantastical fantasy at it's best with a downtrodden handsome hunky hero and a feisty witch who came to his aid and together they made some powerful magic. If you like the genre, IMO, you can't go wrong with this series and yes, it's a creditworthy listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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