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CAROLYN

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  • Secrets of a Wedding Night: Secret Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Young, widowed, and penniless, Lily Andrews, the Countess of Merrill, has strong opinions on marriage. When she spots a certain engagement announcement in The Times, she decides to take action. She will not allow another hapless girl to fall prey to a man - particularly the scoundrel who broke her heart five years ago. Anonymously she writes and distributes a pamphlet entitled "Secrets of a Wedding Night," knowing it will find its way into his intended's innocent hands.

    CAROLYN says: "Regency romance with secrets, scandals & seduction"
    "Regency romance with secrets, scandals & seduction"
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    Beware - this is a runaway listen - once you start you just can't stop.

    I hadn't heard of Ms Bowman before so this was a gamble that happily paid off. The chemistry and tension between the two main likeable characters was (bang) right there from the start then the author brings in a plot that was funny, romantic and passionate, but also tragic and traumatic as the story unfolds and we see the effects the cruel deception committed by others in their past had on their lives.

    Good secondary characters that I hope we will visit in future books but this story of Devon and Lily's journey as they battle out their mutual dislike, misunderstandings and distrust of each other to finally find friendship and desire shouldn't be missed.

    Worth a credit? Yes it was well worth it.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Ignited: Most Wanted, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Kelly Ashton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    "He promised to take me as far as I could go - and I wanted to go to the edge. My whole life has been a cover, a con, a lie. I was born into the grift, raised on the thrill of playing someone I'm not. As a rule, I never let anyone get too close - until Cole August makes it impossible for me to stay away." An all-new erotic series of three enigmatic and powerful men, and the striking women who can bring them to their knees.

    Kindle Customer says: "another 50 Shades of Grey?"
    "LAYERS OF PAIN/DENIAL/OBSESSION/PASSION & HOT SEX"
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    Cole, the third and final rich, successful, handsome bachelor businessman from Chicago's infamous trio of bad boys called The Knights. He tries to play hard to get when Katrina shows him just how desperate she is for him because he's frightened of hurting her. Both have been physically abused in the past and the scars still haunts them today but it has resulted in Cole's sexual needs to be very dark and Katrina has to accept his ways or lose him forever. First denial, obsession, then sparks and finally a lot of passion and hot sex but along with it are their back stories and a sub plot involving Katrina's con artist Father.

    I thought this was the most enjoyable of the three books, there was their heartbreaking pasts, the tense build-up to their relationship, the hot sex, drama, suspense, a romantic secret passion is revealed, a shocking twist at the end and some secondary characters from the previous two books. There is also a couple of brief encounters with Damien and Nikki Stark from the Stark trilogy.

    Worth a credit? Very enjoyable hot listen with plenty of Sub/Dom and BDSM sex play but there was a lot of emotional conflict, angst and character change as these two lovers finally trust and realise that they could actually be perfect for each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Far Away: Never Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Ella wakes up to a world turned upside down, recovering both physically and emotionally from attacks she can't remember. Her only memory from the past weeks is a nameless voice that echoes in her mind, causing her heart to ache and her soul to seek "Him. "Living a life without Ella is no life at all, and Porter decides to do whatever it takes to remind her of their love. Recognizing Porter without remembering him, Ella reacquaints herself with this gorgeous man, their explosive chemistry, and the possibilities that lie ahead.

    Julie says: "Beautiful story well told"
    "A BEAUTIFUL, TOUCHING & ENTERTAINING SEQUEL"
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    This book takes place eight weeks after the shocking cliffhanger from book 1 and Porter has been heartbroken and devastated but he's been by Ella's bedside the whole time..... ahhh true love. Sadly, things didn't go right and my emotions were constantly being put on high alert during this listen, whether it was joy and happiness, anger and sadness, fear and dread or just to bask in their beautiful relationship.

    Anie Michaels created the perfect Hero when she made Porter as he was so so thoughtful, kind, sexy, loving, supportive, handsome... oh I've got to stop myself from gushing here but he was mouth-wateringly perfect. The story drew me into their world and didn't let me go as it took me through their heartache, their pain, their fear, their happiness until eventually, and finally, their HEA.

    Worth a credit? If you like a well described and well narrated story that had a H/H that don't lie, don't argue, have no secrets, would sacrifice themselves for one another, are very much in love and show it with plenty of sex. Also, there's a bitter violent ex who's a constant threatening presence, great secondary characters, drama and a climactic ending then this book is for you. This sequel left me purrrring and was definitely worth my credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Hunter: Night Watch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Assistant DA Erin Jerome has a secret. Make that two. One: She's not entirely human - she's Other, desperately trying to keep her supernatural strength under wraps. Two: she's got a killer stalking her - an Other rogue set on "gifting" her bloody corpses. But the bounty hunter on her new case isn't worried about any of that. Jude Donovan is a shapeshifter himself, and the new DA's midnight hair and addictive scent tell him all he thinks he needs to know....

    CAROLYN says: "IT'S ACTION PACKED.... IN AND OUT OF THE BED"
    "IT'S ACTION PACKED.... IN AND OUT OF THE BED"
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    Night Watch is an Agency that takes down out of control supernatural criminals and the Team is made up of a variety of human, not quite human and very unhuman characters. There was a chilling, tension filled plot, that was action packed with suspense, secrets, a mysterious mad stalker/murderer, thrills, various supernaturals called Others.... Were-Shifters, Demons, Vamps etc., and it was well narrated.

    The Alpha Hero Jude who's a Bounty Hunter/White Tiger Shifter is all Alpha (I never thought I'd say it but maybe too much) all the time, never letting up, never changing just bossy, demanding and arrogant which goes with his rare Were Tiger side. Erin, the Heroine and ADA, hadn't come out of the closet as a Shifter because she was flawed but the animal instant lust between them led very quickly to hot animal sex by Chapter 6. So there was passion but not a lot of romance as Jude became her personal Bodyguard as well as a Hunter Hell bent on catching/killing her evil stalker before it was too late.

    Worth a credit? Exciting and enjoyable with lust and sex but no tender romancing which I missed however it was a Shifter book that had a tense, nail-biting storyline so YES creditworthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stare Me Down: Stare Down, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Riley Murphy
    • Narrated By Kai Kennicott, Wen Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A Dom stuck in anger management classes meets his match in his court appointed therapist. Their attraction is off the charts. Unfortunately though, the timing is bad for both of them. Or, at least it is until he discovers his little vanilla doll isn't vanilla at all. Then it's a matter of timing be damned. He can't keep his hands off her. A definite problem, as she has a past to deal with and he has a goal to attain. So when the present rears its ugly head, they are both blindsided.

    CAROLYN says: "WARNING..... THIS IS A HOT LISTEN"
    "WARNING..... THIS IS A HOT LISTEN"
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    I'm going to start this review by talking about the narration first which was so refreshing.... the male said the male lines and the female said... well you get the drift, so the whole thing flowed like a conversation. I prefer this type of dual narration rather than the usual alternating few chapters type which means the H/H always ends up having two voices, one said by the male narrator and one said... well, again, you get the drift. There were a few echo/timing glitches occasionally but it usually flowed really well and Wen Ross' voice was so sexy ahhhh oh, errrm, now onto the book.

    Ramsey (aka Aries) is a handsome charismatic owner of a Sex Club and a Dom, he's forced by the Court into seeing Jaxx a timid mousey Therapist, to talk through his anger management problems but their chemistry is like oil and water total opposites which leads to clever, witty and funny dialogue. But beneath the 'Vanilla' and the 'Dom' lurks some strong chemistry just waiting to be released and when it is there's lots of very hot sex scenes where Jaxx shows just how 'not so Vanilla' she truly is. So, if you're not into BDSM in your romances then stop reading this and move on.

    There's great chemistry, secrets, insecurities, a meddling Mother figure, a business plan to pitch to his estranged Brother, the threat of another man claiming what's his and Jaxx who he is slowly, happily and successfully bringing into his world of Dom/Sub. And the witty banter, sex games, intellect, passion and attraction they both share means a funny HEA. So no cliffhanger.

    Worth a credit? Only if you like your romances with a lot of hot, no holes barred, sex play.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Peanut Goes to School: A Short Story of the Elder Races

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (185)

    Dragos Cuelebre is no longer the only dragon. Dragos’s son Liam Cuelebre (a.k.a. Peanut) is springing into existence, reminiscent of the first of the Elder Races who were born at the beginning of the world. At just six months of age, he has already grown to the size of a large five-year-old boy. He can read, write in complete sentences, and his math skills are off the chart. A white dragon in his Wyr form, Liam also holds more power than almost anyone else.

    Amazon Customer says: "So cute!"
    "ANOTHER MUST HAVE LISTEN FOR ANY ELDER RACES FAN"
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    I've just spent a really enjoyable 1hr 39 minutes listening to the adventures of Peanut's first day at school and the problems he gets into during the day.

    For any Elder Races fan who has loved listening to Dragos and Pia's story (which now includes their son Liam) then this is an emotional, funny and sweet story and it also keeps us up-to-date with how Dragos is getting on after his shocking accident.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love Me: Trust Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kristin Mayer
    • Narrated By Nelson Hobbs, Shirl Rae
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Engaged and happily in love, Allison Scott and Damien Wales are looking forward to joining their lives together as one. Coming from a mournful year after losing her parents, Allison is ready to heal and move on to the next chapter with the love of her life. But Damien's past continues to threaten their future. A man once obsessed with Damien's sister is now after his one and only love, Allison. The woman who came before Allison is determined to captivate Damien's heart.

    Nyoka says: "Loved it"
    "IT'S TRUE LOVE....... BUT ITS NOT GOING TO BE EASY"
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    This follows on from book 1 Trust Me and Allison and Damien are happily engaged but for how long because there's so much against them... his dark and dirty past is revealed, there's a bitter ex girlfriend, a manipulative Mother and a Murderer and somehow they must stay strong.

    There's a lot of great chemistry, passion, romance and loving in this listen as Damien is so thoughtful, caring and deeply in love with Alli and she has to be understanding, supportive and forgiving to reach their HEA. But there's a Stalker/Murderer loose and his next target is Alli so there's a lot of drama, mystery and suspense trying to work out just who, out of the many characters, the Stalker is.

    Very enjoyable BUT Alli's constant use of the word "Ug" and "My Mother always said" got annoying and she sometimes acted a bit young and naive however Damien's perfect sexy Hero character more than made up for this (yes, I'm that shallow). There was 'news' at the end that should've had a chapter of its own which would have made me happier.

    Worth a credit? A very entertaining mystery romance and YES, IMO, a creditworthy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pia Saves The Day: A Novella of the Elder Races, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (222)

    In the latest story of the Elder Races, two mates face their deadliest challenge yet-each other… Pia and Dragos's magical young son Liam (the Peanut), is growing at an unprecedented rate, and if that isn't enough, he is also exhibiting new, and unpredictable, magical gifts. To protect him, the concerned parents decide to move to upstate New York. Both Dragos and Pia relish the idea of leaving behind the city. They finally have the space to indulge their Wyr side, and Liam can grow in safety.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "DRAGOS and PEANUT!"
    "IT'S A MUST HAVE FOR ALL ELDER RACES FANS"
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    I don't usually buy, or like, short stories but this packed so much drama, angst, humor, romance, passion and sex into such a short listen that Thea, you must be congratulated on producing another awesome listen about the very much loved characters from previous Elder Races books.

    Dragos, Pia and Peanut (aka Liam) are a close family unit and, in this listen, when Pia has to fight so hard for Dragos, you really feel the love between them. Great descriptive scenes and a 5 star Narrator brings the whole thing to life.

    Worth a credit? At just over $10 I bought it, but I would have happily spent a credit on it.... even being this short. So don't look at the duration time - just go ahead and buy it because you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Core: Stark, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sigal Ehrlich
    • Narrated By Aletha George, Nelson Hobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    When Hayley makes a resolution to take back control over her life and declare her and Daniel's relationship RIP, it's all good in theory. That is, until Daniel decides to prove her wrong and get her back. Faced with more obstacles than she could have ever bargained for when it comes to Daniel, and struggling to keep her own identity while sharing a life with her man, buds of doubt start rooting in Hayley's confidence, making her rethink her decision.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Better than book 1!"
    "I BROKE 1 OF THE 10 COMMANDMENTS..... GLUTTONY"
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    As I happily indulged myself well into the wee small hours of the morning craving each and every chapter, I thought it was like having a box of my favorite chocolates as I kept mentally saying "oh just one more" over and over again until sadly, before too long, I'd devoured the lot. Yup, I knew it wasn't good for me.... but they were each just soooo yummy.

    As Daniel and Hayley's rocky, up and down, intense love affair continues there's more heartbreak and shocks in store for them. Luckily Hayley had her two best friends to support and bring humor to her through each devastating step and they both had sub romances of their own too.

    Even better than book 1. There's character growth as, through each bitter challenge, they realise they just can't survive apart, it's very romantic, touching, intense with lots of needy but mild sex scenes and had a few shocking twists but the end result is a HEA and a lovely Epilogue.

    Worth a credit? Well written and narrated, a bit rushed at the end, had some flawed but loveable characters who I'll miss, the sex could've been hotter but the romance, gulp and wow, that was off the charts! And, as I reflect back over this enjoyable roller coaster two book ride, I know it was 2 credits well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard as You Can: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    Five dishonored soldiers. Former Special Forces. One last mission. These are the men of Hard Ink. Ever since hard-bodied, drop-dead-charming Shane McCallan strolled into the dance club where Crystal Dean works, he's shown a knack for getting beneath her defenses. For her little sister's sake, Crystal can't get too close. Until her job and Shane's mission intersect, and he reveals talents that go deeper than she could have guessed. Shane would never turn his back on a friend in need, especially a former Special Forces teammate running a dangerous, off-the-books operation.

    Pamela says: "Outstanding performance for a wonderful book"
    "WHAT AN AWESOME HERO FROM AN AWESOME LISTEN"
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    This book has it all.... excitement, mystery, thrills, suspense, bad guys, a Team of good guys, passion, romance, sex, a three legged dog, a MC Club and a drool-worthy handsome Hero with guts, compassion, a tortured past and a downtrodden Heroine and her Sister that desperately need saving. There's also more groundwork done to put in place a great Team of disgraced Special Forces men ready to right wrongs, get justice and clear their names and, if they can help a frightened and threatened woman along the way, then they're happy.

    Their covert Mission (from book 1) has entangled them with powerful enemies who are involved in drug and human trafficking, kidnapping and torture but these hunky Alphas are kind and caring too and are more than capable for the job. But when Shane stumbles across Crystal she haunts his thoughts and he vows to protect her... no matter the cost.

    Very well written and the narration was perfect.

    Worth the credit? It's action-packed, edge of your seat exciting and thrilling with secrets, a brotherhood of great characters, passion, sex and a tender romance which all adds up to a very creditworthy listen.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Nymph King

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Females young and old, beautiful and plain crave Valerian's touch. None can resist his blatant sensuality and potent allure…until he steals Shaye Holling from a Florida beach and holds her prisoner in his underwater kingdom. The cynical Shaye wants nothing to do with the mighty warlord, but she's inexplicably drawn to him. For underneath the warrior's arrogant beauty lies a complex and powerful man. A man whose caress is like fire.… Now Valerian must fight for the privilege of claiming her as his own.

    Marie says: "I was disappointed"
    "A VERY ENJOYABLE FANTASY WORLD TO DWELL A WHILE IN"
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    This is book 3 in GS's Atlantis series where, in the mythical realm beneath the sea, there are three Kingdoms..... Dragons, Vampires and Nymphs and it's where a whole host of other weird and wonderful creatures live. There are alliances, hatred, friendships, wars, portals and lovers but overseeing it all is the mighty vengeful Poseidon. They could each be stand alone listens.

    The handsome Nymphs need sex all the time to keep their strength up but the Dragons have stolen their females so they are forced to steal some Human women and that's when the trouble starts for Valerian, King of the Nymphs when he locks eyes with his mate.... Shaye.

    It's fun, fantastical and there's a lot of bantering, humor and angst between the H/H when Shaye doesn't want to instantly drop her panties and stay with the super sexy and gorgeous King so, for the first time, Valerian really has to work hard for it. There's also sub plots involving the Dragons, Vampires and Poseidon and a secondary romance. It's filled with great characters and GS's imagination at world-building is awesome and the Narrator did a good job coping with all the many different voices.

    Worth a credit? This is a entertaining, light and enjoyable fantasy romance with a couple of sex scenes between two very likeable main characters. I've listened to the whole series now and have loved every one so, YES, a very creditworthy addition to the series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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