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CAROLYN

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  • Lord of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

    J-9 says: "BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!"
    "WHAT A SHAME... A GOOD BOOK RUINED BY NARRATION"
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    Firstly, let's have some culpability here - so whoever's to blame at Hachette Audio/Audible for choosing Emma Taylor to narrate this book should be transferred to a Janitorial job because they obviously don't know their job.

    I have loved all the previous books in the series and had this one on a pre-order, I couldn't wait - but unfortunately, and purely because of the narration, I found this one to be hard going - I even listened to a few chapters, stopped, listen to another book, then came back to this and I've never done this with any of Ms Hoyt's books before.

    So, for this reason, it's very hard to judge whether it's been a really good book because the voices of the characters (as we, the listeners know) can make or break a listen and, as I seemed to dislike most of the characters purely by the way they were portrayed by ET, it's so difficult to get passed this. However I must and did, there's tragedy, loss, danger but then comes awakenings, laughter, desire, joy and, of course, passion. As with all the Maiden Lane series there's a good plot with thrills along the way.

    Worth a credit? Yes because I'm invested in the series but please please please go back to Ashford MacNab and, as for ET - well she can go home.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Shane MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (143)

    Shane MacKade enjoyed everything about women - the look of them, the smell of them, the taste of them. So the last thing he expected was to become a one-woman man. And even more surprising is that it's the Ph.D.-toting academic Rebecca McKnight who has him headed for a fall. Could Shane's days as a bachelor be coming to an end?

    Penelope says: "The narrator was too much!"
    "SHE SAVED THE BEST 'TIL LAST"
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    As the only single and youngest of the MacKade brothers is finally hit over the head by Cupid's Bow he becomes lost. As Shane, the once happy-go-lucky handsome ladies man, is unusually out of his depth, frustrated, angry, lust filled and his emotions are tied up in knots when he meets the skinny, nerdy, frustrating, brilliant at everything but cooking Academic called Rebecca.

    This was lol funny, very entertaining, was so richly detailed, had very light sex scenes, there was the usual cast of MacKades and their ever growing families and a passionate romance that neither Shane nor Rebecca was expecting. Also, as with the other three books, is the sub story of the tragic lives of the ghosts which was partly uncovered and put to rest as some spooky things started happening.

    Worth a credit? No, as it was only $7.34 which is what you'd expect for a light, easy-going listen and, although it was quite short, it was still a very very enjoyable story and I'm going to miss each and every one of the loveable MacKade family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart of Devin MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    Sheriff Devin MacKade has always known his destiny was to serve and protect the small town of Antietam, Maryland - and for a long while he thought that future would include Cassie Connor. But when Cassie married the wrong man, Devin did the honorable thing and kept his feelings to himself. Now that Cassie's divorced, Devin can finally follow his heart. Question is, can Cassie?

    CAROLYN says: "3.5* A SHORT BUT SWEET & TENDER ROMANCE"
    "3.5* A SHORT BUT SWEET & TENDER ROMANCE"
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    As with all of Nora Roberts books each chapter is richly described so you can visualise them in your mind which adds to the enjoyment of the story. Devin, the handsome town Sheriff, has loved Cassie for 12 years but she made a terrible mistake when she married a vicious man who cruelly abused her but now that he is safely locked away and Cassie and her children are settled it's only a matter of time until Devin's tightly held emotions finally breaks.

    When it does there's a lot of tender touching scenes between the whole family but it's not too long before misunderstandings of a boy, the past reappearing and a desperate life/death struggle makes things come crashing to a head.

    Worth a credit? Every NR book is a safe bet for me because I know that I'm going to be entertained by a plot that will have it's ups and downs, drama, action, angst, very light but passion filled sex scenes and a sweet romance and this one didn't let me down. Yes, it was predictable fluff but, as with the whole series, there's also a paranormal story running through it too as ghosts from long ago continue to haunt the living and their stories eerily interlock with each MacKade. This is a fairly short, easy going, feel-good listen and is priced fairly at $7.34 so I just bought it saving my credit for a 'meatier' listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Angela Starling
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    This is a story of what happens when three passionate lovers collide and the desire for truth, art and music merge. Chateau Tibideau is a place full of unanswered questions, dark sinful desire and a beauty so hauntingly sad it will have you wondering how you will ever leave the same...

    CAROLYN says: "CAUTION...... THIS ONE HURTS"
    "CAUTION...... THIS ONE HURTS"
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    This tragic epic love story is like no other I have ever listened to or read..... it's heartbreakingly raw, emotionally draining, the words of love are passionate, the sex scenes are erotic and, as I was swept up in this beautiful but sad story that'll stay with me long after it's finished, I marvelled at Ella Frank's ability to write such a haunting thought provoking tale.

    As the story starts, you don't know what has happened, or what's coming next nor can you imagine how it's possibly going to end so all you can do is listen as chapter after chapter you slowly begin to understand that this intensely painful, romantic, poignant, heartbreaking listen about grief, loss, devastation, love and hope will consume you until the very last word.

    Worth a credit? This love story is so well written and I don't want to give anything away so all I can say is that it isn't the usual romance it's a tragedy and will leave you feeling sad and heartbroken for all three characters in this book. This is not a 'feel good' listen that'll put a smile on your face but it is an overwhelmingly sad work of art. It's very creditworthy but it has left me an emotional wreck, so BEWARE.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heated: A Most Wanted Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (49)

    I grew up believing in right and wrong, good and evil, black and white. I knew better than to trust. And then I met Tyler Sharp. Bold, charming, and dangerously sexy, Tyler always gets what he wants. But his smile can be deceiving, his dealings sordid, his ambitions ruthless. I thought I was the one woman strong enough to resist him, but our need for each other was too urgent to deny. One look and I was in trouble. One touch and I was hooked. One night and I became his.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5* SPARKS FLY WHEN A GOOD COP MEETS A BAD BOY"
    "3.5* SPARKS FLY WHEN A GOOD COP MEETS A BAD BOY"
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    This was a good second instalment in the Most Wanted Trilogy and this time it's about Tyler, the second of The Knights to fall victim to Cupid's arrow.

    First, let me get the negatives out the way…. I said it was good BUT it just wasn't up to JK's usual standard of writing as she relied very heavily on a lot of sex scenes and, I never thought I'd say this, but they got a bit boring so I would have liked a bit more story. The plot of Sloane, a female Homicide Detective who's worked Vice and Drugs, being all tongue tied and lost for words seemed unrealistic and she came across as mild and a bit weak which is again unrealistic.

    However, it was an enjoyable opposites attract love story as Sloane and Tyler's instant sizzling chemistry played out into a hot voyeuristic romance with slight BDSM but the plot was Sloane, on medical leave goes to Chicago needing to find her missing friend, following clues and describes the lengths she goes to to find out what happened to her. Both H/H have terrible histories buried deep, secrets, murder, drama, twists and some tender shared times makes up this listen.

    Worth a credit? Despite my negative comments this was an entertaining hot listen that has the rich, handsome, likeable, charismatic, domineering Millionaire bad boy Tyler having to say sorry more than once in order to keep the love of his life. Looking forward to Cole's story next and YES this is a creditworthy Trilogy but don't expect it to be on the same scale of The Stark Trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (308)

    Dr. Joyce Yards has never met anyone as sexy or as irresistible as 466. He refuses to discuss anything except getting her naked beneath him. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter, his raw hunger for her is becoming aggressive, and she is falling for him. Joy knows the dire consequences if she gives in to desire. It will break her heart but she must walk away.

    Anybody says: "Love this series....except for this one"
    "WELL, I WAS OVER THE MOON WITH THIS ONE"
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    If you're already a fan of the series then this will be an auto download because you know what you're going to get..... a once caged, hot and very Alpha DNA altered half animal/human male finding, claiming and sexing his mate. But there's always plenty of growling and snarling going on because each storyline throws in lots of drama, intrigue, hot sex, action, threats and misunderstandings for the ever growing New Species enclave.

    466 (aka Moon) has been shot with a toxic to New Species drug and his old Psychiatrist Joyce is called in to help him. 466 and Joyce were mutually attracted to each other however her ethics stopped her from taking things further. But now, two years later, her regrets, along with 466's mental instability puts his life in danger, which forces her down a very different path..... one that gives him plenty of physical as well as mental help.

    Worth a credit? I love these books, yes they get a bit repetitive, but after a few weeks I'm rubbing my hands together eagerly awaiting the next one. This was a great story with some action, emotional and sexy parts however other stories have been hotter but that doesn't stop it from being a very creditworthy listen.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Caitlyn was an orphaned beauty with no future-until the rugged outlaw nobleman rescued her from the streets. And now they ride together in the shadows of the night-on the run from corrupt minions of the law-emboldened by the exhilarating heat of the chase...and by a love as wild and free as the wind on the moors.

    CAROLYN says: "UNPREDICTABLE/ENJOYABLE/ROMANTIC HISTORICAL SAGA"
    "UNPREDICTABLE/ENJOYABLE/ROMANTIC HISTORICAL SAGA"
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    There are some books that just captures your imagination, keeps you enthralled and, if you've had to stop it for any reason, then you're desperate to get back to it..... well this was one of those listens for me. Set in 1784 Ireland when the English Crown was taking Irish land under the pretence of religion, this well-described plot starts off with Connor catching a young pickpocket trying to steal from him. He offers the boy a job on his Estate working alongside his brothers but when the boy actually turns out to be a girl that's when all the fun and action begins.

    This isn't a love at first sight romance nor does the Hero pursue the Heroine from the start but it slowly unfolds with drama, desire, secrets, twists, great characters, revenge, treachery, murder and an evil villain all caught-up in a beautiful, strong willed and headstrong young girl's awakening love for the handsome Earl that saved her and the many problems she unwittingly caused. There's 'Robin Hood' type Highwaymen giving to the poor and keeping little for themselves even when they have little money of their own. The H/H's attraction and chemistry grows into an all too short romance (light sex) that takes a sudden painful shocking turn leaving heartache, devastation and an evil blackmailer's cruel and vicious bargain.

    Worth a credit? A memorable love story that spans time and defies fate, a close family desperate to stay together and outsmarts the Hangman's noose, great character development and an unpredictable, tense, fast-paced, action packed plot makes this a very creditworthy listen.

    1 of 4 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
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    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.

    2 of 5 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
    (36)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    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 4 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
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    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.

    2 of 5 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.

    ~*CrystalNMaria*~ says: "LOVE"
    "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.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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