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CAROLYN

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  • Savage Angel: The Earth Angels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stacy Gail
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Feel nothing. Sara Savitch's personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven's soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she's an amateur when it comes to relationships. Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity - in himself. Instead he's walked into a nightmare.

    CAROLYN says: "Physical chemistry ....... you just can't fight it"
    "Physical chemistry ....... you just can't fight it"
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    Sara, a security expert and bodyguard is hired by her ex friend and one night stand's Father to protect him because he's getting death threats. The sexy one night stand (Gideon) has just returned from a tour of duty and is disillusioned and suffering from PTSD and tries to stop her taking the job.

    Sara, haunted by the hot night they shared, still has feeling for Gideon, but he's pushing her away by rejecting her professionally and emotionally. However, she's a stubborn professional and sticks with the plan ..... and she still wants him despite everything. Slowly Gideon and Sara call for a 'cease fire' and engage in conversation, shared nightmares and that was followed by attraction and finally the start of romance.

    The interactions between the two lead characters are touching as they both fought the sexual chemistry with tender looks, verbal insults and temper outbursts. As the threats on the Father escalates Sara's true secret paranormal abilities as an Earth Angel are brought out and all changes between the two as Gideon nurses her back to health with 'hands on' treatment (not very graphic).

    Worth a credit? It was an easy going, enjoyable listen but it was also tepid rather than hot however, if you want an interesting thriller/romance then this is your book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (420)

    When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space”. With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Not a favorite"
    "AN ENTERTAINING & VERY ADDICTIVE LISTEN"
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    I see that this book has very mixed reviews so I guess it's not for everyone but I really enjoyed it. Right from the start it drew me in with it's secrets, it's twists, it's damaged characters, it's heartache and it's bitter-sweet love story.

    I loved the sexy misunderstood drool-worthy Hero Connor once he opened up and the feisty, funny Heroine Ellery however she did sometimes annoy me with her quick to judge attitude later in the story. There was fun, intrigue, character growth, mild sex and some really touching scenes as they both began to open up and accept each other and let trust and love in.

    Worth the credit? It was a bit 'choppy' in places, the friend's voice was too high and there was a few things that weren't explained but I easily overlooked them as I was enjoying the listen so much.... so YES another creditworthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Close Enough: Never, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead car battery in a remote beach town. At her greatest moment of need, the protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds that her attraction to Porter is potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust again.

    CAROLYN says: "A DREAMY LOVE STORY.... UNTIL THE CLIFFHANGER"
    "A DREAMY LOVE STORY.... UNTIL THE CLIFFHANGER"
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    This is one sugary sweet, romantic and sigh-worthy listen and, as Ella and Porter's love story unfolded, I was drawn into their passion, desires, tender love scenes and the painful dilemma that these two loveable characters faced.

    But what I wasn't prepared for was the shocking events that this author had lying waiting for the happy unsuspecting listener in the last few chapters which were dramatic, raw, heart wrenching and all my WTF's, OMG's and tears couldn't take away the heartache of this torturous CLIFFHANGER ending. I only hope Audible can follow up with book two very very very very quickly.

    Worth a credit? Loveable H/H and secondary characters, some angst, sex, drama, a bitter ex and, of course the cliffhanger, makes this a very creditworthy listen. But if you're not a fan of the fast 'instant love' plot or one that's filled with sweet sentiments, tender gestures and a very romantic story then maybe pass on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy Good

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rachel Robinson
    • Narrated By Marc Bachmann, Shirl Rae
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Navy SEAL Maverick Hart has everything. Women want him. Grown men idolize him. The job, the glory - it's all his. Not because it's handed to him but because he works hard for it. The second his sights lock on something, he owns it-or destroys it. Windsor Forbes only takes calculated risks in her profession and in her personal life. After being left at the altar by the only person she's ever loved, the very last thing she's looking for is a relationship - especially the insane brand an arrogant Navy SEAL is offering.

    Kristin says: "Slow at first but it picks up."
    "IT WAS A CRAZY, PASSIONATE, RAW & EMOTIONAL LOVE"
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    As this started I really didn't think I was going to like it as the sexy Navy Seal Hero Maverick was an arrogant ass... ok he had good reasons as he was gorgeous, fit, had an eight pack and dimples but his personality sucked. He was arrogant, crude, had a really bad attitude towards women and was a real man-whore with all willing female partners. That is until the down-to-earth feisty Heroine Windsor didn't fall for his many charms and so his challenge began.

    But, Maverick's caring side soon came out as Windsor's kind nature slowly made him rethink his game, thankfully he underwent great character growth and they both came from troubled families so they had a lot in common apart from their sizzling attraction for each other. However, Windsor's denial of her true feeling was going to have a devastating impact on so many lives.

    This book packed so much in, there was the roller-coaster of emotions that the entertaining romance between Maverick and Windsor stirred up, passion and plenty of sex scenes, some likeable secondary characters, secrets, a shocking and tear jerking OMG fatality, twists, suspense and plenty of heartache as well as some really romantic moments. In the end, love and time played their part enabling Maverick to overcome his demons so he and Windsor could get their much deserved HEA ending.

    Worth a credit? I really enjoyed this listen so it's a YES and if there's a continuation into a full on series then they'll be an auto buy for me. Narration was good too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Out of the Dark: Forbidden Love, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Danielle James
    • Narrated By Robert Neil DeVoe
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Angel Knight never knew anything was missing from his life. Not until one fateful night when he met her. She was fiery, beautiful, and he knew he had to make her his. Breanna Hunt lived a normal life until rock star Angel Knight walked into her life. He made her a job offer that she just couldn't refuse, but could she keep herself safe from his charms?

    CAROLYN says: "VERY ENJOYABLE & A LOVELY VAMP ROMANCE"
    "VERY ENJOYABLE & A LOVELY VAMP ROMANCE"
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    What a great start to a whole new Vampire world where they, and Werewolves, walk freely amongst us humans. New myths, cultures, lores, creatures and amazing characters are slowly unfolded as the story and romance nicely progresses.

    Handsome, sexy, drool-worthy Angel, ahhh, Angel he's a Rock God and, along with his fellow Band members, are all Vampires but there's no groupies or darkness they all just seem pretty normal (with a few quirks) and he is also California's Clan Leader over the Vampires. Brea is a feisty when angry redheaded Waitress who fears the paranormals but when she's about to take Angel's order one night and their eyes lock it's the start of something life altering for both of them. Delicious scenes unfold as Angel proves his weakness for Brea.

    Great romance, sex, an evil villain or two who want Angel's job, a Vampire serial murderer, thrills, intrigue, suspense, fights, funny bits and some interesting, loveable and amusing secondary characters all get tossed into this enjoyable listen. Narrator's voice for Angel's character was just so sexy.

    Worth a credit? I thought I had become a bit tired of Vampire romances..... but, after this, I was very wrong so DJ please keep em coming and YES creditworthy and a 'lighter' side to Vamps.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Billionaire: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    As a member of the royal family in a small European country, Griffin Verdi's presence is requested at the wedding of the century. The scholarly billionaire feels out of his depth in social situations, so a good assistant is required-especially when dealing with royal etiquette. Unfortunately for Griffin, he's stuck with Maylee Meriweather, a pretty, charming, and thoroughly unsuitable woman who doesn't know a thing about high society - but she sure can kiss.

    CAROLYN says: "SADLY IT'S NOT THE BEST IN THE SERIES"
    "SADLY IT'S NOT THE BEST IN THE SERIES"
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    This is a light, fairly fluffy Contemporary romance about 6 Billionaires who have formed a Secret Society to help in their business ventures and to meet to play Poker. However, the single members are now dwindling and this story is about the 4th Billionaire to eventually give in to love's pull.

    Griffin is a snobby jerk who is treated like a King and is a member of royalty back in his home country and that's where he's headed but he needs a temporary Assistant. Maylee is a no-nonsence down-to-earth hillbilly type and, at first Griffin hates everything about her. But slowly, as he gets to know her…. well you know what's gonna happen and the simmering attraction finally (and eventually) led to a few sex scenes and a romance. Narration was slow and I didn't like Griffin's upper crust accent.

    Worth a credit? This is the first one of the series that I couldn't connect to the characters or believe in their romance. Yes it was funny and Maylee was likeable but Griffin's character growth never happened until near the end and the sex was blah so for those reasons I would have to say not worth my credit but if you're in the mood for a Contemporary, fun, unbelievable plot, or if you're following the series, then go for it. They could all be stand-alone listens.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Night: Promised

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    All he wants is one night to worship her. No feelings, no commitment, nothing but pleasure. Every defense mechanism Livy has adopted during her solitary life is at risk of being obliterated by this confounding man. He's obnoxious but well-mannered. He's a gentleman but aloof. He's passionate but emotionless. Yet the fascination is so powerful, Livy can't deny him - or herself. M awakens something in Livy, something deep and addictive that she never knew existed - and that she fears only he can satisfy.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE NIGHT IS WHAT I GLADLY GAVE UP TO HEAR THIS"
    "ONE NIGHT IS WHAT I GLADLY GAVE UP TO HEAR THIS"
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    After JEM's This Man trilogy I thought we'd seen the best of her imaginative, emotion filled, erotic and twisted love stories but this, phew, this was a very highly charged ride through the attraction and passion of two mentally tortured people's lives and the people who surround them. And, as their lives both inevitably entwine, the listener is gifted with troubled waters of secrets, insecurities, drama, obsession, heartache, more secrets, revelations, suspense and lots and lots of intrigue.

    No words can describe just how emotional this book is as it's flawed characters are loveable in their own way and very needy of each other but the many twists that fate deals them can result in only one thing..... DEVASTATION. And that's how I felt at the end of the raw bitter cliffhanger, an open mouthed shocked gasp as yet another twist was oh so cleverly tossed in.

    Worth the credit? I am writing this Review knowing I'm going to be late for a shopping trip with a friend but I just had to get my words and feelings out about this listen whose character's lives has only let me get about 2 hours sleep because I didn't want to stop the intense mystery with a destination unknown, damaged characters and a deep unhealthy, yet compelling, love story. I would have gladly used two credits on this listen, so YES very creditworthy and, if book 2 is out in print, I'm even considering READING, yes actually reading it, because the storyline and characters are just that gripping. If you get this listen be prepared to become a Malpas groupie and what a great team she, and Edita Brychta made.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Lay It Down: Desert Dogs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cara McKenna
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    "Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs..." That's a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs - four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home. Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity's slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders' cutthroat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With police turning a suspiciously blind eye, it's up to the locals to fight back, and Vince is on the front line.

    CAROLYN says: "3.5 GOOD BUT NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING"
    "3.5 GOOD BUT NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING"
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    What I was expecting was a MC badass biker gang, hot sex, old ladies, patches and some hot Alpha type guys. However, what I got was mainly a Murder/Mystery with a Hero who had once formed an easy going innocent Biker Club (now disbanded) with friends when they were all much younger. Now he's sure one of those friends had just been murdered.

    Vince is a tattooed, sexy, drool-worthy hard-ass Alpha type who's been in trouble before, he's got a dirty mind and a mouth to match it and he's got quick and snappy dialogue too and when he sees Kim he knows he wants her in the worst (or best) way. He denied the romance but was all in for the desire and sex but it was interwoven with the main plot line of murders, cover-ups, mystery, suspense, with paranormal visions, a few hot sex scenes, some interesting secondary characters and eventually the I love you's happened but I just didn't feel any romance.

    Narrator had a very gravelly voice like he'd smoked 40 a day so his female voices suffered for it.

    Worth a credit? This had a bit too much murder/mystery to the plot than I personally like and the plot line doesn't conclude but will continue in further books but I don't think I'll be following this series, not because it's not good, but because it just doesn't 'fit' with my own personal romantic taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Layers: Stark Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sigal Ehrlich
    • Narrated By Aletha George, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    When Hayley makes a resolution to put an end to her loose lifestyle, it's all good in theory - that is, until she meets Daniel Stark, a well-respected businessman in his mid-thirties who is known for his short temper, lack of steady relationships, and strict preserve of his private life. Opinionated, sharp-tongued Hayley accidentally steps into his office, leaving Daniel resolved to put Hayley in her place and have her in his bed. Neither Hayley nor Daniel can ignore the immediate attraction between them.

    CAROLYN says: "GREAT START BUT A CLIFFHANGER SO I NEED BOOK 2 NOW"
    "GREAT START BUT A CLIFFHANGER SO I NEED BOOK 2 NOW"
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    A listen that instantly drew me into all the characters lives but especially the relationship between the confident and feisty Hayley and the handsome self-made Billionaire Daniel as their mutual attraction flares and ignites into a love affair that starts off funny but rocky, has an all consuming middle but ends up sad and rocky again.

    There's drama as Daniel has a frustrating Jekyll and Hyde personality, heartache, not very graphic sex scenes (unfortunately!!) and witty banter between all the characters but the main plot is the courtship of Hayley by Daniel. The sexual need for each other is always there from the start but Hayley has to match, or overcome, Daniel's wit, temper and quick mind for their relationship to work.

    Worth a credit? Once I started listening I was hooked in this couple's nicely developing relationship which was intense, funny, sweet, emotional and tender but was left on an expected frustrating cliffhanger ending. Narration was good, it was very enjoyable and definitely worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Damages: Storm Damages, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Magda Alexander
    • Narrated By Anthony LeRoy Lovato
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Promising law student Elizabeth Watson struggled her entire life to claw out of her dirt-poor background. And now the thing she's dreamed of, an associate position at her law firm, is within reach. As long as she keeps up her grades, makes law review. And stays out of trouble. But trouble is just what walks in the door one scorching hot summer day.

    CAROLYN says: "BAD, REALLY REALLY BAD"
    "BAD, REALLY REALLY BAD"
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    It's not often that I can't finish a book but.... I suddenly thought "what am I doing listening to this crap when there's so many good books out there waiting to be heard" and I just didn't want to waste any more of my time on it. The sound effects were intermittent and distracting, Gabriel Storm's voice was more like Prince Charles and not a sexy young handsome guy (as per the cover) and his character was just awful. The writing was very weak i.e. his Father had a 'brain' stroke - well is there any other type! So I skipped to the last chapter to see how it ends and what do you know.... it's a CLIFFHANGER - well sorry but I don't care what happens and won't be getting book 2.

    Worth a credit? No, not in this lifetime and even if it was free I wouldn't want it so sadly I'll be asking for my credit back on this one.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Give In to Me: Heart of Stone, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By K. M. Scott
    • Narrated By Christian Fox, Veronica Meunch
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (52)

    Tristan Stone has lived a life other men would kill for. Literally. But all the money, women, and fast cars mean nothing to him since Nina came into his life. Danger lurks around every turn with enemies wearing friendly faces. Whatever it takes, he'll protect the woman he loves, because without her, life isn't worth living. Nina Edwards had no idea of the world Tristan would give her. All her dreams have come true. But with the good comes the bad, and this world of his has more than enough of that.

    CAROLYN says: "WHAT AN AWESOME HEARTBREAKING DRAMA-FEST"
    "WHAT AN AWESOME HEARTBREAKING DRAMA-FEST"
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    It's always very hard to say goodbye to various loveable characters whose lives have entertained you by day, by night and into the wee small hours of early dawn but the Heart Of Stone trilogy captured me in it's intricate web until the very last word had been spoken.

    KM Scott threw everything into this book… thrills, chills, danger, romance, passion, sex, lots of heartache, twists, surprises, suspense and character growth. Even the Epilogue wasn't safe as there was a twist to that too. Brilliant.

    Narrators added to the story too.

    Worth a credit? If you haven't already discovered this trilogy about an arrogant, handsome, sexy, rich Billionaire called Tristan and Nina the strong, but gentle, woman who saved him then you lucky people are able to go from one book to another without having that terrible, and annoying, gap in the whole flow of the story. Worth the credit…. Hell YEAH every one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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