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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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  • Edge of Dawn: A Midnight Breed Novel, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (387)

    Twenty years after the terror of First Dawn - when mankind learned that vampires lived secretly among them - the threat of violence reigns as the two species struggle to coexist. The only group preserving the fragile harmony is the Order, an elite cadre of Breed warriors dedicated to protecting humans and vampires alike. And in this precarious world of torn loyalties and shattered trust, Mira, a fiery squad captain, finds that every fight bears an intensely personal cost. Raised among the Order, Mira has always believed in the warrior’s code of swift - and even lethal - justice.

    CAROLYN says: "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
    "MIDNIGHT BREEDS THE NEXT GENERATION - WOW x 3"
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    As an avid fan of the hunky vampire Breed Warriors I was completely shocked and blown away as I started listening to this story as BAM it's set two decades forward from the last book and we see The Order, made up of the Breeds together with their new generations of fighters, as they have to face an even deadlier enemy in a darker more hostile world. If you're expecting the 'same ol same ol' story then you'd be wrong so hold on..... because (if you download this) then you are about to be blown away by a 'can't stop - just one more chapter' listen.

    Ms Adrian's gifted writing has taken the entire cast of characters and catapulted them (and us) into an exciting, thrilling, emotional and altogether more sinister world which unfolds before us and is made up of humans v vampires. We find Mira fighting but still broken hearted years after, Kellan her friend and first love's death, only to discover that things were not as they seemed. There's shock, betrayal, anger, and disbelief coupled with forgiveness, passion, sexual desire, heartbreak, sorrow, redemption and undying love but the inevitable prophecy shown in Mira's eyes must play out and the ultimate sacrifice has to be made.

    All the old familiar loveable characters are there but they are joined now by their offspring and there's a glimpse of exciting new ones still to come as The Order continue to entertain and thrill us paranormal fans as together they fight for the good of the planet against unseen new deadlier evil enemies - and long may they continue to do so.

    Worth a credit? Yes definitely, and the previous books are a good foundation to this new world, but this could be a stand alone start of a whole new series as we see the deadliest of vampire wars begin.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire and the Virgin: Billionaires and Bridesmaids, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté. Raised by her grandmother, she'd rather go to bingo than go dancing. But when she's asked to be a bridesmaid in her friend Bronte's destination wedding, she finds herself venturing into new and exciting territory. The wedding is set on the billionaire groom's private island, and Marjorie is fascinated by all the new people she meets. Most fascinating of all is the man she saves from almost drowning in the blue waters of the island lagoon.

    cheryl bubeck says: "Good read"
    "TIMID VIRGIN SHAKES HANDSOME PLAYBOY'S WORLD"
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    Nice easy-going contemporary romance with a little angst. Powerful bad boy Billionaire who has a reputation for 'nail n bail' is suddenly rescued by an angel..... one he can't stop thinking/lusting/romancing over. His angel is a shy, sweet, timid virgin who gets out of her depth with him fast. But he's holding back big secrets that he knows will totally destroy their relationship and it's only a matter of time before the cat's out of the bag and the shit's hitting the fan.

    It's a predictable but enjoyable listen told from both POV's there's romance, passion, humor, sex, f bombs, drama, character growth, a dilemma and a heartfelt HEA but, for me, the narration was a bit too 'girlie' which made the heroine sound like a teenager.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a light romance then look no further and YES creditworthy. This series follows on from the Billionaire Boys Club as there are all the characters from that series attending the wedding but it's absolutely not necessary to listen to those first.... it's just nice to catch up with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Conquest: Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arial Burnz
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Stewart Glen, Scotland – 1514. Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest. Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times - the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick's passionate pursuit. When Davina's past returns to haunt her, Broderick is forced to reveal a dark secret worse than anything Davina thought possible. The challenge before them has fatal risks and neither of them is prepared for the sacrifices expected for the sake of eternal love. Listener Advisory: The abridged version of Midnight Conquest still includes all the original storyline details, action and nail-biting scenes of violence and domestic abuse. (Don't worry...the bad guys get it in the end!). However, the love scenes have been edited and are no longer described in graphic and direct language, in order to appeal to a wider audience. As such, there are no more "glistening folds" details. (Collective groan of disappointment ensues...) Though this story can be enjoyed by listeners slightly younger than 18, parental discretion is still advised.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS LIKE A BIG MAC..FILLING BUT NOT SUBSTANTIAL"
    "IT WAS LIKE A BIG MAC..FILLING BUT NOT SUBSTANTIAL"
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    This book should have worked for me.... handsome kilt wearing Scottish Vampire, a narrator who really did accents well including Spanish and French and a plot that was entertaining. But it just didn't WOW me and I wasn't desperately drawn back to the listen unlike other books. The characters were all interesting with a couple of villains but the sex scenes were very tame and I didn't really feel the chemistry between Broderick and Davina.

    Worth a credit? Yes it was enjoyable enough but I don't think I'll be carrying on with this series. It also says this is Abridged which may account for some unanswered questions but it sounded like the full length version to me and I wouldn't have wanted it to have carried on for longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Alex Bloch
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle, Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

    Kindle Customer says: "Amazing"
    "A LOVE STORY THAT'S ALL TRAGEDY & TEARS"
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    I've had a dilemma with this trilogy right from the start... it's very well written with it's intricate web of lies, secrets and manipulations and it's many twists and shocking revelations which are so well done. However, I don't want to be depressed all the way through a listen especially this final one - even the ending and Epilogue was sad and I felt cheated. But, I don't want to put any of you off that can handle or enjoy this type of book by giving it a low star rating..... it's just me.... I prefer a lighter listen.

    Now we get to hear the story from Caleb's POV - again told in many flashbacks then back to the present day with it's continuation of the heartbreaking story of two people who are soul mates and deeply obsessively in love with each other. But reluctance or circumstances are never in their favor to be in the right place in their lives to stay together..... until finally it takes a terrible tragedy to bring them together. There's plenty of drama, buckets of heartache, twists, lies, revelations, one slight sex scene and some very moving tender words.

    Worth a credit? Purely for my tastes NO but if you like an emotional, dark and twisted love story then this is certainly for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Red

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

    CAROLYN says: "MORE OF THE SAME..LIES, SECRETS & HEARTACHE"
    "MORE OF THE SAME..LIES, SECRETS & HEARTACHE"
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    The same story plus more told from Leah's perspective in constant flashbacks and then back to the brutal reality of what price her lies, secrets and manipulation is having on her marriage to Caleb. Never showing him her true selfish nature which is only revealed after the birth of their daughter. And Caleb is forever torn between the decisions he made, the actions he took, the present situation and the love he can't ever forget.

    More shocking twists, revelations and spite filled words but Caleb's longing for Olivia has never ceased and is only getting worse and how far will he go to reclaim his lost love and the other half of his soul. I guess I'll find out in book 3 because there's no HEA in this tragic tale.

    Worth a credit? It's very well written but, for me, it's too much of a tragedy, I wish I hadn't started this Trilogy so NO but I've already downloaded book 3 so I'll see it through to the bitter end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Opportunist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend Caleb Drake has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back.

    CAROLYN says: "STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
    "STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
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    This is an emotional train wreck of a love story which alternates in flashbacks to College years when Caleb and Olivia first meet and the cold aloof persona Olivia takes when being pursued by Caleb. This is due to her nightmare upbringing which has left her with 'issues' that not even Caleb can overcome. And also their Class differences - a handsome rich Jock and a poor uptight Virgin. It's constantly flashing forward/back in time telling a story of obsessive love and the lengths and depths Olivia and Leah (his present day girlfriend) sink to in order to keep Caleb.

    The only person I felt truly sorry for was Caleb as there was always someone pulling his strings with secrets, lies, manipulation and hidden agendas all of her own. Both girls/women were 'me me me' bitches until the end when one of them finally grew a conscience, made the ultimate sacrifice and walked away..... for love. And then it turns out Caleb too had lied.

    The story spans years, is full of angst, twists and regrets and I felt so angry, sad and bad for the lost opportunities that Olivia and Caleb had squandered with the naïveté of youth, pride, jealousy, anger, hurt feelings or just bad timings. They fought instead of neutered, struck out instead of hugged and withheld instead of shared. There's no real passion, or romance, or sex but longing looks and the sense of their soul deep connection...... until the end when the selfless sacrifice was made too late.

    Told from Olivia's POV by a fairly good narrator.

    Worth a credit? Mmmm that's a difficult question, it's an enjoyable but frustrating YA/NA romance that goes on to become a vicious poisonous web of lies and deceit by all parties as they mature and grow and I'll have to download the remaining books to find the elusive HEA. I gave it 4 stars because it was well written, unpredictable and somehow addictive, but it didn't give me, or leave me, with that feel good feeling.... it was a tragedy. So you decide - are you in the mood for Romeo and Juliet?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luca's Magic Embrace: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kym Grosso
    • Narrated By Ryan West
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Sexy vampire Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

    Patricia M says: "A magical journey!"
    "SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE, ACTION & LOTS OF STEAM"
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    This is an action packed paranormal love story, whether the action is with Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Mortals or the hot n very heavy kind.... it's relentless with passion, mystery and magic. This follows on from book 1 and, as newly turned witch Samantha tries to come to terms with her new abilities and what had happened to her, the gorgeous Australia Vampire Luca is there ready to help her and he's already just escaped a near deadly enslavement of his own so he knows how she feels.

    However, just when things seemed to be hotting up between the unlikely pair they were brought crashing down to Earth by a fire, a mysterious supernatural and a threat to find a very powerful but missing Amulet. And then the clues, intrigue, suspense, twists, action and revelations keep coming and so too does Luca and Samantha in their many, and sexy, love scenes. A mixed bag of sexy supernatural secondary characters, some are loveable, some are dark and dangerous and some are mysterious and I'm sure there's a book just waiting to be written with their names on it. We get to hear how Kade and Sydney are doing too.

    Told from various POV's but mainly from Samantha and Luca's and Ryan West's ability to change accents, nationalities and emotions with his narration, together with Kym Grosso's worldbuilding, is what made this a very worthy 4 star listen.

    Worth a credit? An enjoyable and entertaining paranormal love story that had it all.... so YES creditworthy and the Epilogue has me eagerly waiting for Werewolf Tristan's transformation from a rich and carefree playboy to a mated pampered pooch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Hammer: Inferno Motorcycle Club Series # 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sabrina Paige
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Betrayed by the MC he once loved, mourning the brutal murder of his wife, Joe "Hammer" Holder is just trying to hang on to the pieces of his life. He swore he would never fall in love again--until Meia. Meia belongs to another man--a human trafficker with unlimited political connections and power, who ensures her loyalty by holding someone she loves in his grasp. Love is not part of Meia's destiny--until Hammer.

    CAROLYN says: "UM, WELL I REALLY TRIED.. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN DARK"
    "UM, WELL I REALLY TRIED.. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN DARK"
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    Sorry, but this was way way too dark and depressing for me and it hardly featured the Inferno MC at all so can't be classified as an MC listen in any way. Joe was still mourning the loss of his wife and now, 2 years on, his daughter is starting to be a problem too. Meia has had a tough life so far - captured, taken into slavery and taught to become a high priced whore and, with her unusual Asian looks, she was a very lucrative asset. But her handler was abusive, jealous, very greedy and held something over Meia's head to make her amenable to all his wishes.

    This listen was dark and disturbing and was full of depression, despair, anguish, depravity, suffering, hate, rage, mourning and suicidal thoughts. By the time the romance eventually kicked in (about chapter 22) I too was feeling the despair, depression and anguish. I never felt any chemistry between the H/H and the author could have included some happy scenes towards the end like Meia being introduced to his daughter, the daughter seeing her horse for the first time, the proposal, their marriage, the children's first meeting etc etc etc but no, zilch, nada, nothing.... just overlooked and glossed over. 85% pain and suffering, 5% romance, 5% action and 5% of an Epilogue which whipped through 2 years of what happened after the rescue.

    Dual POV's, but even the great narration couldn't warm me to this listen.

    Worth a credit? No way, and at the end of this book it rounds up the news from other couples from the series so I think this may be the last one which is handy because I wouldn't buy/use a credit on another one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lush: Pleasure at Home, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Beth Yarnall
    • Narrated By Steven Barnett
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Billionaire businessman, Cal Sellers, knows how to get what he wants. And what he wants is Lucy Monroe. The problem? He had her once and lost her with one careless, arrogant act. And now she's standing in his office demanding her old job back. Cal has no intention of rehiring her as the co-host of his home shopping TV show, Pleasure at Home. He has an altogether different position in mind for her - as his wife.

    CAROLYN says: "OH BOY THIS WAS GOOD.... REALLY REALLY GOOD"
    "OH BOY THIS WAS GOOD.... REALLY REALLY GOOD"
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    Cal's a successful Billionaire owning the Pleasures At Home sex toy Shopping Channel and other businesses but 2 years ago he was a very different person. He was an arrogant playboy and he didn't know love until she was running out the door after catching his sorry two-timing ass with his secretary. Since then he has had a chance to reflect, regret and grow up but he still yearns for his lost love.... Lucy. Lucy ran out on Cal and straight into the arms of another man..... unfortunately he turned out to be a bigamist and a physical and mental abuser (as told in book 1). Lucy's now separated and is desperate, she has a small baby to look after and is still being threatened by her abusive ex so she turns to the one man she never wanted to see again but the only man that can help her now.

    When they meet the attraction's still there but Cal realises Lucy is coming from a very different place now because she's been so abused, traumatised and mentally/physically damaged that learning to trust him again isn't going to be easy and may even be impossible. He feels guilt, remorse and is sickened by all that Lucy has been through but he's going to give it everything he's got because he thinks she's worth it and so starts a very heartbreaking story of lost love and second chances.

    There's drama supplied by the bitter ex and a jealous bystander who makes an already difficult and tense situation even more harrowing. Cal's a great hero, he's thoughtful, kind, very sympathetic as to just how to, and how not to, talk and treat Lucy and Lucy's been through Hell but doesn't know if she'll ever be able to trust, or be intimate with a man, again. If anyone can heal her scars it's going to be Cal..... as long as he doesn't break her heart again.

    Dual POV's, great narrator who made all the anguish, heartache, suspense, thrills, hot sex, sweet romance and the two loveable damaged main characters all come to life.

    Worth a credit? This is turning out to be a great series, each book could be a standalone listen and yes, IMHO, very creditworthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Him with Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janine Ashbless
    • Narrated By Madison Vaughn
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Only the elder holy man knows who this prisoner is and even the priest does not know how long he has been there - hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. His fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have imagined.

    CAROLYN says: "10*.... A TRULY EPIC START TO THE WATCHERS SERIES"
    "10*.... A TRULY EPIC START TO THE WATCHERS SERIES"
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    9 hours and 22 minutes of paranormal bliss... the creative world-building, the dark passion, the tension, the sex, the action-packed scenes with their twists and the fresh new mysterious supernaturals all added up to a listen that was unpredictable and breathtaking.

    There are Angels and Demons, mortals and Biblical Prophecies and a love story that'll have you cheering for the bad guy.

    Told from the heroines POV and the narrator put everything she had into this to make it a listen that was chilling, thrilling and passionate.

    Worth a credit? It would have been but my under $10 rule kicked in so I bought it but if I'd used 2 credits on this listen I'd still be very happy.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Master: The Game Maker, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (161)

    Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his...complicated desires. That is until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

    CAROLYN says: "I'M LOVE, LOVE LOVING THESE SEXY BOSSY RUSSIANS"
    "I'M LOVE, LOVE LOVING THESE SEXY BOSSY RUSSIANS"
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    Well she's done it again.... KC has delivered yet another book which I knew, right from Chapter 1, that I'd find it very hard to hit the pause button and nearly impossible hit the stop button. When Maxim, a sexy powerful Russian Billionaire, opens the door to greet the tall blonde Call Girl he's booked, he finds a petite curvy brunette named Cat instead. He doesn't realise just what a feisty firecracker he is about to let into his apartment, and his life, and she is going to rock his world. But Cat's got secrets, she has to leave town quickly and needs money to do it which forces her at the Russian's door but when the "DDG" (drop dead gorgeous - Cat's words) client opens the door her job suddenly becomes a lot more appealing and she can't wait to 'clock on'.

    However, there was a clash of personalities as Maxim tried to dictate the terms and the 'encounter' but Cat changed all the rules..... and he loved it but wouldn't let his guard down. So they started a very erotic game of cat and mouse each trying to control and find out facts about one another which was amusing, sensual, with hours of hot sex (including BDSM and toys) and lots of dirty talk. It's also funny, tender, touching and romantic but sometimes there's friction too as they slowly try to trust each other..... but time's running out for Cat when her past finally catches up with her there's going to be bloody and deadly consequences.

    Told from Cat's POV, the narrator did a great job with the Russian accents and we catch up with Aleksei 'The Siberian' and Natalie too.

    Worth a credit? Kresley Cole is an auto download for me because she writes such an entertaining book with loveable, yet vulnerable, characters and her stories are always a pleasure to listen to. So, YES absolutely a creditworthy five star listen.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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