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CAROLYN

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  • Seven Years to Sin

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Fiona Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (139)

    A young man forced to sell his body for money. A young lady who watched him do it. Two tormented souls brought together years later to assuage the hunger of a desperate, irresistible attraction… With lush sensuality and unerring insight, Sylvia Day explores the underpinnings of intimacy and desire.

    CAROLYN says: "IF U CHANGED THE NARRATOR/READ THE BOOK THEN......"
    "IF U CHANGED THE NARRATOR/READ THE BOOK THEN......"
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    Then, and only then, will you have a decent tender book about Lady Jess witnessing, (when she was still a naive young girl on the eve of her wedding) Lord Alistair (son of an Earl) earning money as he has sex with Lady ? during a house party. This act sticks with her and she fantasises about him for 7 years, even during her happy marriage to Benedict but unfortunately Benedict dies however he leaves her a plantation in Jamaica to sell.

    She embarks on a ship that is being Captained by Alistair (who has always half loved Jess) and emotions, attraction, and sexual tension build as the 2 lovers cannot deny each other any longer..... But they still have to return to England. It's a hot yet tender tale of love overcoming all - including time.

    The problem occurs as soon as Fiona Underwood (the narrator) opens her mouth and thus another good book is ruined. Thankfully I could distort her voice by double speeding her voice (he he he) and I actually got through it with my sanity intact.

    Worth a credit? The book is but the narrator isn't and, as a fan of Sylvia Day's work, I feel robbed of a good book. So, I hope whoever is responsible for the narration will get this re-narrated quickly.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Burned

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Jason Clarke, Ashley Klanac
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Seventeen years old when he broke my heart.

    Seventeen days later when another picked up the pieces.

    Seventeen years together.

    Seventeen thousand problems.

    Seventeen days of reliving my past and finding a new future.

    Seventeen minutes until it all went up in flames.

    Seventeen breaths until I took my last.

    This is my story, and it's going to burn.

    CAROLYN says: "YUP, THIS IS ONE HOT LISTEN"
    "YUP, THIS IS ONE HOT LISTEN"
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    For two years Finnely had been happily in love with her High School sweetheart Colin but the rat b'stard broke her heart with a mere 'it's not working out' note and that's when Jordan swooped in, claimed, possessed and married her. But 17 years later her dreams had turned to dust, leaving her empty and knowing things must change..... but not all change is good because along with it came distress, drama and danger.

    This was an enjoyable, but frustrating, listen with good narration from dual POV's - there was numbness as a marriage ended, sizzling chemistry as two once young friends reconnected, reacquainted and rekindled. Now, as experienced adults, hot hot passion, dirty thoughts and talk ignite as they bonded and then heartbreak as their HEA all went up in smoke. But I said frustrating because there was a lot of each person's internal dialogue rather than joint dialogue which sadly lost it a star for me.

    Worth a credit? It was an entertaining hot contemporary listen about a sexy fireman getting a second chance at love with no cliffhanger ending and yes, IMHO, a creditworthy listen.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Night: Denied

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    He's amazingly wealthy, sinfully gorgeous, and can bring her to heights of pleasure she's never before known. For Livy, there's no turning back. She's determined to be the light in Miller Hart's dark world. Yet this new life comes with a steep price... Miller knows that the power he possesses hasn't come without sacrifices - but he won't let Livy be one of them. Though he wants nothing more than to have her in every way, his first duty is to protect her at all costs.

    CAROLYN says: "IT'S SIMPLY EPIC......... BREATHTAKINGLY EPIC"
    "IT'S SIMPLY EPIC......... BREATHTAKINGLY EPIC"
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    Before I started this second instalment of Miller and Livy's tumultuous, all consuming and intense love affair I thought I'd quickly go back and refresh myself by dipping into a few chapters from book 1. Oh how wrong I was!, because once I started that all consuming and tortuous listen again I was so engrossed, so enraptured and so totally hooked on it (for the second time) that I just had to, yes HAD to, listen to every word, ever paragraph and every chapter all over again, but this time with the joyful knowledge that I already had book 2 lined up ready to immediately follow it. However, NEVER EVER did I think that this second book could surpass book 1 with it's raw passion, with it's seismic sexual intensity, with it's gripping scenes, with it's deep and unerring beauty, with it's shocking discoveries and with it's jaw-dropping cliffhanger..... but it did.

    I am in awe of these books, their creator and the narrator - a literature listener's Holy Trinity - and I have just pre-ordered book 3 already knowing that when 02-10-15 comes around..... no matter what book I'll be listening to, it'll be abandoned so I can relish the final instalment of Miller and Livy's romantic journey, a journey that's been heartbreaking, heart stopping and heartpoundingly brilliant.

    Worth a credit? I've used three credits on this trilogy and what I got back was pure undisputed, unforgettable and undiluted magic.... so YES YES and YES every one was, and will be, worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Force

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By D.D. Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend - to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

    Darlene says: "New Series New Author"
    "A SEXY SUSPENSE THAT'LL LEAVE YOU PANTING FOR MORE"
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    What a great start to a new series - the action kicks off from the start when handsome Cop James finally tracks down his missing K9 Partner Bogart to a secluded cabin and what he also finds there is Shay who's a sassy sexy spitfire. The tension is high and so is the chemistry but neither one will admit it but James' Cop instincts are on high alert because he knows things aren't what they seem...... and everything snowballs from there.

    A very entertaining complex plot which quickly developed as two ex's cause grief and mayhem and a strong heroine who is haunted by a tragic past which makes her insecure and vulnerable and she badly needs a Prince to save her...... even if he's got four legs! It's an action-packed exciting thriller with twists, suspense, drama, danger, sex and a romance that gets tested before it's hardly begun.

    Constantly changing dual POV's which was good rather than alternating chapter by chapter views and JK's narration made this a very enjoyable listen.

    Worth a credit? It was far fetched fiction at it's finest and just what I hoped for and love..... so I've no regrets using a credit on this listen and I'm eagerly looking forward to the next doggie disaster.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan: Her Russian Protector #1) (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Desperate to find her sister, Erin goes to the only man in Houston who can help her - Ivan Markovic. The intimidating, tattooed Russian operates one of the most elite mixed-martial arts training centers in the world but it's his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston's underworld that interest her most. To find her sister, she'll need the help of her big, scary Russian protector - but asking for help from a man like Ivan carries a steep price, one that might just include her heart.

    Amazon Customer says: "Here come the Russians !! Oh Yeah"
    "UNDERNEATH THESE RUSSIAN SINNERS LIE SEXY SAINTS"
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    Erin is desperate and her last hope is Ivan the intimidating tattooed Russian but she'll do nearly anything to save her sister Rose from the hole of drugs and bad choices that she's dug herself. When tough guy Ivan first lays eyes on Erin the games over because he knows he'll do anything and risk everything to keep her safe.... and hopefully keep her for himself too.

    This listen was under 3 hrs but it packed a lot in as it sucks you into the seedy world Rose has gotten herself in where the Mexican gang, Albanian gang and now the Russians are all after her. So Erin's frustration and desperation rises but the one person she can now depend on is Ivan. The romance is tender hot and quick but it has to be, the excitement is high as the bad guys come for Erin and Erin can see that underneath Ivan's gruff exterior, and his previous mob life, lies the heart of a teddy bear.

    Great narration and well worth the $4.86.... just wish it had been longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dimitri: Her Russian Protector, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    Refusing to lose her brother to the violent Hermanos street gang, Benny turns to Dimitri, the dead sexy Russian who lives in the apartment above her family's bakery. He's the only man tough enough to get through to Johnny and save him from a life in prison - or worse.

    There's nothing Dimitri won't do for Benny, even if it means dealing with her troublemaking brother. He quickly realizes that it's not just Johnny and his thug friends that pose a threat to Benny.

    CAROLYN says: "THANK U ROXIE FOR GIVING US THESE SMOOTH RUSSIANS"
    "THANK U ROXIE FOR GIVING US THESE SMOOTH RUSSIANS"
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    Dimitri has secretly loved Bakery owner Benny for years and, without her knowledge, has been helping with her business and with her brother who has joined a street gang. But slowly things start to implode for Benny when a greedy developer starts pressurising her to sell up and her brother gets out of hand.... so who's she going to turn to..... yup her hunky sexy Russian tenant. Dimitri has a security business, a lot of unsavory connections and is very skilled at gang/street warfare and he also can't keep his hands off Benny and Benny is very willing to surrender herself to her tender dirty talking dominant Russian.

    Great listen, very exciting, fast-paced, sexy, romantic, with a hot alpha hero and an interesting cast of secondary characters. It's well-written, clever, has a plot that hooks you right in, there's humor, sex and drama too to add to the mix and the narrator did a great job in brining all together to make a very enjoyable listen.

    Worth a credit? Yes and I'm now going back to get Ivan (book1) so I can hear all the backstory.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Who I'm Becoming: FireNine, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By S. Q. Williams
    • Narrated By Christian Fox, Veronica Meunch
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Montana Delray is the most laid back of the popular rock band, FireNine. He's goofy, charming, blatantly honest, talented, a massive flirt, and extremely handsome. The girls literally throw themselves at him, and he accepts it. He loves the attention. The fame. The parties. His single life. With so many women to choose from, it's not in his nature to chase after just one, but when Lauren Harkin enters his life, that all changes.

    Bertha m cabral says: "Awesome love story"
    "SADLY, I LOST CONNECTION WITH THIS LISTEN"
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    It's so sad, when you've been following a fantastic series and have been giving it 5 star glowing reviews and you're excited to then get the next book in the series and slowly you think "what happened?" Because you just don't connect with either the H/H or the plot. The Summary sounded good, it should have been good but I hate to say it but, for me, it was missing depth, chemistry and excitement. Was this one rushed? because it's the shortest book so far.

    Montana and Lauren's relationship started off very casual.... no strings sex and it slowly developed into them both wanting much more but just as things settled down for them there was a secret that Lauren was keeping which, IMHO, wasn't shocking and Montana totally overreacted about. She left it too late to spill and the consequences weren't pretty.

    Told from both POV's but sadly even the good narration couldn't stir up much interest for me.

    Worth a credit? If you're a fan of the series and have been following the rest of the band's stories (as I have) then of course it's a must have listen and yes creditworthy. But if not, it was just a little bit blah for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Worth the Fall: McKinney Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Claudia Connor
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Abby Davis isn't wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she's busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn't looking for fun - he's a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions and fallen brothers. Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt has been sidelined by a combat injury, and he is haunted by the loss of his best friend and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL - focused and dedicated.

    CAROLYN says: "WORTH THE FALL WAS SO WORTH THE CREDIT"
    "WORTH THE FALL WAS SO WORTH THE CREDIT"
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    This is a romance that shouldn't have worked.... a handsome, bodylicious 34 yr old Navy SEAL and a pregnant widowed mother of four..... but together they made it work. Through their initial holiday attraction and flirtation, their separations, her insecurities, his missions and the broken promises yet somehow these two people connected, overcame, found love and became a beautiful family of six.... then seven.

    Worth a credit? A good start to this new series with loveable characters (especially the children), a great story with a little angst and a heartwarming HEA easily made this an enjoyable, romantic and creditworthy listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting to Forget: Fighting Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By JB Salsbury
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon, Ryan West
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, the sting of a tattoo needle, or the heat from a piercing can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn. Or so he thought. Working in a Las Vegas bar isn't Georgia McIntyre's dream. But she hopes it'll be an end to the nightmare.

    CAROLYN says: "EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, BRUTAL & YET BEAUTIFUL TOO"
    "EMOTIONALLY DRAINING, BRUTAL & YET BEAUTIFUL TOO"
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    Although this isn't my favorite in the series and it was a very hard and heart wrenching book to listen to, I have to give it 5 stars because a) child abuse and it's effects in later life must have been a very harrowing topic for the author to research, b) a brave thing to write about and c) then to successfully spin it into a tormented, tortuous tender love story took a very talented author. But she did it...... in this listen JBS captured the heartbreak, the denial, the anger, the physical and psychological effects so well and the narrators brilliantly brought it all to gut wrenching life.

    Two young abused children then reunited when they're mentally damaged adults sharing a bond only one remembers then terrible secrets, brutal shocking discoveries, revelations, twists and turns, heartbreak and drug abuse mainly set in a Fight Club/MC Club/Bar. But it also has it's beautiful and tender times too when they first became lovers and then again after all the explosive drama of the betrayal was eventually forgiven and finally when the traumatic life/death struggle was over.

    Worth a credit? It's a heartbreaking, haunting and harrowing journey, the ride was action-packed and the final destination was imperfectly perfect for these two scarred souls. Definitely worth the credit IF, and only IF, you can listen to hinted brief glimpses of child sex abuse (because it doesn't go into graphic detail) but it's the mental trauma and damage that'll bring you to tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claimed: Brides of the Kindred, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Evangeline Anderson
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (148)

    Olivia Waterhouse just got drafted. Problem is, she isn't being forced into the Army, she's been chosen as a Kindred bride. The Kindred are huge alien warriors;a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward--the right to find brides among the population. Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture.

    Nicole Vela says: "Virtual reality"
    "A HOT ALIEN ABDUCTION, SEDUCTION & SURRENDER"
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    Wow, what a great new well-written and described Sci-Fi world.... one where (if you're picked to be their Bride) you're idolized, pampered and petted by huge, hunky, handsome Kindred Warriors who only want to make you happy and have lots and lots and lots of sex with you. There are three types - Beast Kindred who have an extra 'endowment' guaranteed to blow your mind - Blood Kindred who have fangs and Twin Kindred who come in pairs (literally). Baird, who's a Beast Warrior, chose Olivia but she didn't go willingly and isn't happy about leaving everything behind so Baird has one month to change her mind.... through sexual foreplay broken down into week by week degrees of intimacy until (hopefully) the 'bonding'.

    You get sucked into this fascinating fantasy world and can see the dilemma they each face and feel bad for them both because sacrifices must eventually be made. It's touching, romantic and also funny at times, has a few interesting secondary characters and there's an evil alien species called the Scrouge who happily cause pain and suffering and it seems like they will continue to play a part in the ongoing storyline. However, the main focus is on the 'claiming' as Baird tries everything in his sexual arsenal to win over Olivia..... and what an arsenal he's got - visual, verbal, sensory, mental and very very physical.

    Dual POV's and the narrator nicely brought each character to life, emphasized feelings and delivered a very enjoyable Audiobook.

    Worth a credit? Right from chapter one I was hooked and couldn't wait to hear just how these two loveable characters would finally work things out. I'm looking forward to all the other books in this very hot and very creditworthy series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Resistance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By S.L. Scott
    • Narrated By Alexandria Watts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (55)

    The minute he opened his sexy mouth, Holliday Hughes should have known Jack Dalton was trouble. His smooth pickup lines, broad shoulders, and ridiculously handsome face charmed her right out of her clothes. She gave into her desires, the instant attraction blinding her to the obvious.

    CAROLYN says: "AN ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL ROCKER ROMANCE"
    "AN ACHINGLY BEAUTIFUL ROCKER ROMANCE"
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    I really hope Audible gets more books by this author because she really knows how to write a beautiful haunting love story and this one's between Johnny Outlaw a drool-worthy famous Rocker and Holliday a successful independent businesswoman. But when they first meet she refreshingly doesn't recognize him so he goes by the name Jack Dalton to shed his fame and reputation. Their relationship is challenged by all that life can throw at it.... insecurities, distance, fame, drugs, temptations, misunderstandings, jealously, demons from the past and a tragic death but their connection, ever growing bond and the deep enduring need for each other comes across so strongly.

    Their chance meeting, instant connection and intense one night stand captured me but what kept me enthralled was the passion, strength and commitment that they had for each other which was so moving because you really feel these two loveable characters deserve to be together and get their HEA. There's raw need, fun and laughter, joy and tears, lots of heartfelt sex, touching and romantic words, heartache and drama and there's also growth, understanding and support. Then, at the end of their journey, stands two strong and loving people who've been through emotional Hell but their beautiful destination was so worth the ride.

    Mainly told from Holli's POV and the narrator was the cherry on top of an already stuffed cake because she breathed life into each and every chapter.

    Worth a credit? This is a book that leaves it's mark as I'll be in a 'book hangover' funk all day and in no hurry to start another book because I want to savor and relive this one a bit more..... so YES, a very very creditworthy romance.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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