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CAROLYN

I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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  • The Devil You Know: The Devil DeVere, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Sometimes the devil is disguised as a gentleman... In this third installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, DeVere is finally center stage when Ned, Annalee, and her cousin, Diana arrive at DeVere’s estate for a weekend of horseracing. From the first meeting, DeVere makes his interest in Diana acutely known. Although she sees no harm in a light flirtation, she doesn’t intend to become another notch on his bedpost. Nevertheless, DeVere fascinates her.

    CAROLYN says: "Well it was short - but boy did it pack a lot in"
    "Well it was short - but boy did it pack a lot in"
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    Although this says Book 4 don't be put off as this is actually the 1st book of Diana and Devere's story the previous books were about other people.

    Diana has nothing left to lose so wants to feel passion just once in her life before her life is ruined and Devere is all too willing to help her out - but not just once. There's passion, treachery, murder, blackmail, various likeable characters, a handsome rake and a real bitch together with some 'hot' encounters.

    This book finishes abruptly but continues their story in The Devil's Match which has just been added.

    Worth a credit? Well, if it's $10.?? or under then I just buy it (and save my credits for a more expensive listen) but these 2 books are on sale so at $7.77 they're a bargain and I'm happily off to download the second instalment. As for using a credit on each - I think it's a bit cheeky breaking the story up like this so if they'd been just one book then I'd have happily used the credit on a worthy listen - but using 2 credits on such short stories just doesn't seem right.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Rajmund: Vampires in America, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    New York City vampire Rajmund Gregor is the undisputed master of the Big Apple. He bows to no one but his sire, the vampire Lord Krystof, who has ruled the Northeast for hundreds of years. But when Krystof summons Rajmund to his headquarters in Buffalo, Raj finds his master slowly descending into madness and his territory crumbling around him.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE OF THE BEST VAMPIRE SERIES & A GREAT NARRATOR"
    "ONE OF THE BEST VAMPIRE SERIES & A GREAT NARRATOR"
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    This really is a great Vampire series to get caught up in.... there's hot hunky vamps, strong heroines and exciting plots and this one doesn't disappoint. Raj is the Master of New York and he has to bow down to his Sire who's The Lord of the Northeastern Vampires but who is slowly going insane. He has summoned Raj to Buffalo to try and find out who's been snatching young women from Blood Bars and why. Buffalo is where Sarah lives and he was instantly attracted to Sarah when he met her in NYC when she visited with her friend Cyn who is mated to Raphael (the powerful Lord of the West Coast) and now that he bumps into her again his attraction grows along with his sexual and blood urges, his possessiveness and his aggression if anyone else touches her. Sarah is also attracted to the sexy blonde Alpha Vampire but she has some deep secrets she's not willing to share even though they're working on solving the same case.

    Slowly clues come together, attraction grows and there's lust filled kisses and witty banter but all Hell breaks loose when her secrets are revealed and Raj feels deeply betrayed but the clues are still building in the chilling kidnapping case. Sarah and Raj have a lot of verbal sparring with tensions rising and then their slowly building relationship suddenly explodes in some frenzied sex scenes (which are well worth the wait). Suddenly his take-over bid to be the Lord by defeating his Sire is coming to a climactic dramatic conclusion with only one winner. Then Sarah becomes one of the victims and he can't hold on to his temper because someone has betrayed them and someone's about to be turned to dust.

    Dual POV's, non stop action in an exciting addictive plot, a few interesting secondary characters but the real joy came from the narrator who did a perfect job at all the different accents, the emotions and the dialogue and she turned a great book into an awesome listen.

    Worth a credit? If you want a Vampire romance with a sexy hero, a strong heroine, an intense, romantic storyline and a great narrator then look no further than this listen which was definitely creditworthy. It could be a stand alone listen but it does have Raphael and Cyn from a previous book making an appearance and ends with them in a very chilling situation which is a big teaser for the next V.I.A. book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yuri: Her Russian Protector, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    While clawing her way out of Houston's worst neighborhood, Lena vowed to never let any man have power over her. After a lifetime of broken promises from her criminal father and a mother who abandoned her, Lena believes that love makes you vulnerable. She's never been tempted to test that belief... until Yuri. Sexy as sin and with a dark reputation, Russian billionaire Yuri Novakovsky survived a miserable childhood of poverty and neglect to ascend the pinnacle of success.

    CAROLYN says: "YOU JUST CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS SERIES"
    "YOU JUST CAN'T GO WRONG WITH THIS SERIES"
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    As a romance lover, these Russian Alphas that Roxie has created tick all my boxes.... they have a sexy accent, they're protective, loyal, loving, tattooed, handsome and, of course, very hot. On top of this Yuri is mega rich but will spend it all for the woman he loves...Lena. Yuri has been crazy for the strong, independent, all business Lena for a long time but the timing was never right then she appeared in his Club one night and all of a sudden the timing was perfect.....how wrong they were.

    This was an all action listen with deals going bad, art theft, the Mexican Cartel, a traitor or two, secrets, kidnapping, attempted murder and murder - all while they were trying desperately to fall in love but each one brought their own share of past demons and present day threats. These two had great chemistry, easy playful banter, good heart-to-heart's, passion, romance and some hot times. There's humor too especially from a beast of a dog who proves himself a loveable hero.

    Worth a credit? Told from dual POV's by a narrator that was good with some accents but poor with others, great secondary characters and a close bond is shared between Yuri's 'brothers' and Lena's friends from past books as they are all brought in on the action and stand-by each other. Good storyline made this a great listen and very creditworthy and I'm now desperate for Nikolia and Vivian's story next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beta

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (90)

    Roth and I are on an open-ended tour of the world. Roth being Roth, this means missionary in Morocco, reverse cowgirl in Calcutta, bent over the bow of a houseboat in Hanoi, slow and sleepy on St. John. Anywhere and everywhere, in every conceivable position and some I didn't know were possible. Life is pretty incredible. Until I wake up in his chateau in France alone. On the bed next to me is a note. There are only four words: "He belongs to me."

    CAROLYN says: "BUCKLE UP & HOLD ON... COZ IT'S A WILD BUMPY RIDE"
    "BUCKLE UP & HOLD ON... COZ IT'S A WILD BUMPY RIDE"
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    Wow, what a powerful, intense, harrowing and heartbreaking story this is as an evil twisted bitch from Roth's past shows up which seriously puts everyone's lives in jeopardy and the results are dangerous, devastating and it does terrible physical and mental damage to Roth and Kyrie's relationship..... and their very lives.

    It's an action-packed ride with no way of knowing what's next... except more intrigue, suspense, violence, twists, heartache, passion and lots of sex. It was addictive, pulse-pounding, shocking, climatic, chilling, thrilling and oh so romantic and touching.

    Told from both POV's the female narrator was much better than the male because he sometimes didn't quite get into the scene.

    Worth a credit? Oh yeah, Jasinda you are at the top of your field, and I can't wait for Omega (book 3) which will hopefully be the conclusion and the HEA that this loving couple so deserves and I'll be looking out for it's release later this year as planned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escorted: Escorted, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Claire Kent
    • Narrated By Simone Lewis
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Lori might be a popular romance writer, but she's never been anything but a flop with sex and love in her personal life. Still a virgin at twenty-six and increasingly frustrated by her inexperience, she decides to take matters into her own hands. She hires a talented, sexy male escort to take care of her inconvenient virginity.

    CAROLYN says: "FROM JUST BUSINESS TO AN INTENSE BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE"
    "FROM JUST BUSINESS TO AN INTENSE BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE"
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    I really loved this story, yes it was probably unrealistic but it felt so real, and I loved the slowly developing beautiful love story that evolved and ended in a memorable tearjerker of an ending. Lori, a successful romance writer was embarrassed that she was still a virgin at 26 so she decided to rid herself of the problem once and for all and then she thought she wouldn't be embarrassed and instead she would feel experienced enough to get physical when on dates. She decided to hire a male escort and chose Ander but she wasn't prepared for the handsome, charismatic, sexy, quiet and reserved man who knocked on her door.... and once was never going to be enough.

    There was a lot of sex (not kinky) but, as Lori and Ander slowly got to know each other, Lori could see behind his professional face to the man that was desperately trying to get out. Their relationship spanned months, months of tender looks and the cracking facade that Ander carefully erected slowly began to come down. There were secrets, a bit of angst, heartache but out of it all came a beautiful romantic love story when they both finally let their feelings out.

    The whole story was mainly focused around them and the characterization of Lori and Ander was amazing because you really felt for both of them and they were both intense, driven, strong, very vulnerable and loveable characters. Ander had to be a good actor for his profession but with Lori there was never any acting - everything was real. Told from Lori's POV and the narrator did a great job.

    Worth a credit? As I said before, this is unrealistic, escapism, pure erotic fiction, but some of the best books are and oh how I enjoyed the journey.... a journey that I didn't want to stop and one that will stay with me. So creditworthy.... Hell Yeah!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Cage: Worth the Fight Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sidney Halston
    • Narrated By Devra Woodward
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer... in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

    Eran says: "Hot Police Officer, MMA Fighter, Sweet Jerk?"
    "3.5 STARS - IT WAS GOOD BUT THAT'S IT"
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    This was a good easy-going listen that had a bit of everything... light humor, angst between siblings, passion and romance between old friends, drama as the heroine is conflicted and in turmoil with her emotions which results in a traumatic event and there's some dirty talk which leads to some lack lustre sex.

    It was all enjoyable and entertaining but I don't think I connected with the heroine because there was no pleasing her and her constant disapproval of what Jack (the sexy hero) and Slade (her brother) were doing got boring. There were good one liners and playful banter, Jack and Slade were both likeable characters and a really dynamic one that stood out was Drogo Jack's unsociable but very funny tiny little dog. But this is more an anti MMA listen than the norm.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's an ok narrator. This wasn't what I was expecting, no bad boys, however it was an enjoyable listen so I guess it's creditworthy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pierced: Lucian & Lia, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sydney Landon
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone, Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    My name is Lucian Quinn, and I own one of the most successful software companies in the world. I'm 29, rich, and single. Impressive, right? I'm also a favorite target for every hungry socialite looking to land the uncatchable catch. What these women don't know, though, is that I'm completely screwed up and damaged beyond repair. The only part of me I'll ever willingly give them is the hour it takes to make them scream...several times. Then I saw her....

    Wilma T. Sims says: "Warning cliffhanger"
    "TWO LOST SOULS DRAWN TOGETHER...... LOVED IT"
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    I knew I shouldn't have done it but I did.... I listen to this before I had books 2 and 3 safely in my library and arghhh what a huge mistake that was because now I have to wait and wait and beg Audible to get the next instalment in Lucian and Lia's very addictive bitter-sweet love story.

    A story that has the rich, bossy and sexy Lucian, who looked like a God, manipulating things and changing his ways for the sweet, intelligent and beautiful Lia a Student/Escort who has captured his attention with her straight talking, sad history, caring personality, independence and she understands him so well. He has secrets, secrets that gives him terrible nightmares and they make the emotional shutters go down and he turns cold when Lia mentions the scar that runs around his neck. There's also a bitchy ex waiting in the wings who's biding her time til she can cause some trouble.

    Two people haunted by the past - one is eaten up by regrets and hate and one is willing to move on but the past catches up with them which leaves an OMG jaw dropping cliffhanger. Sydney Landon has brilliant writing skills but it's taken me all day to forgive her for leaving the story right there. I have a love/hate relationship with trilogies because I have to wait so long for the eventual HEA but there's good news and bad news..... thankfully Book 2 has been released already but I have to wait until May/June time for Book 3.

    Worth a credit? These two characters sucked me right into their lives, their heartbreaking back stories, the dilemmas that they're each now faced with, their ever building need to be close to each other and their desire for each other. Intense storyline, great characters, great narration, dual POV's, with heartache, humor, slowly unfolding secrets, drug use, deeply hidden secrets, sizzling chemistry, angst and drama, there's lots of Alpha dirty talking and plenty of sex which makes this a must have trilogy and YES, Part 1 was definitely worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Last Hit: Hitman, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare, Jen Frederick
    • Narrated By Iggy Toma, Kasha Kensington
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (40)

    Nikolai: I have been a contract killer since I was a boy. For years I savored the fear caused by my name, the trembling at the sight of my tattoos. If you saw my eyes, it was the last vision you'd have. With her I am the mark, and I am ready to lie down and let her capture me. Opening my small, scarred heart to her brings out my enemies. I will carry out one last hit, but if they hurt her I will bring the world down around their ears.

    Mona says: "UNUSUAL YET TOUCHING"
    "THANK YOU JC & JF FOR A PERFECT 5 STAR LISTEN"
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    This intense and addictive listen starts off describing the Hell that is Daisy's life because her loving but mentally tortured Father has kept her almost a prisoner for most of her life. Escape is the only way to keep her sanity and, as her nail-biting freedom looms, you can't help but feel sorry for the naive 21 yr old virgin as she slowly claims back her life. But, as Daisy is happy and finally living her life with a new roommate, she is being watched, fantasied about and lusted after by a very dangerous Russian hit man.

    While you hate Nikolai's profession you're drawn into his sad beginnings as a very young child on the streets of Russia with little hope of surviving until his mentor saves him and trains him to become the cold blooded feared assassin he is today. However, watching Daisy has brought out Nikolai's caring side and, for the first time, he has dreams, hope and a need for someone else in his life. When they meet for the first time it's so sweet because both of them are ignorant of how to flirt or have a relationship but Nikolai would do anything for his Daisy. They are friends then eventually lovers (nice sex scenes) and are in a bubble of happiness until real life comes crashing in on them in the form of two terrifying vicious Russian mobsters resulting in a pulse-pounding kidnapping, threats, violence, revenge and much much much much more.

    This fast paced story flowed so well and took me on a very emotional roller coaster ride that had me smiling with happiness, screaming in terror at the chills and thrills, dizzy with the intrigue and twists, sick with the heartache and shattered dreams and finally giddy with anticipation of a HEA for a couple that were just perfect for each other. Dual POV's, the narration was great, loveable characters and a loving sexy gorgeous Russian bad boy.

    Worth a credit? Oh boy YEAH it's got everything I could have wished for..... and delivered more too - so, very creditworthy and I'm eagerly waiting for book 2 which picks up on a couple of loose ends which were left tantalisingly dangling in this listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fangs of Anarchy: Forbidden Alpha (Bundle): A Werewolf / Vampire Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    Irish McConnell would give his immortality for a taste of Claire Montgomery. But the Fangs of Anarchy leader can't risk his biker club, his vampire clan, or his tenuous truce with werewolf Gannon Dodd, Claire's pack alpha - and her intended mate. Nope. Vamps and weres don't mix, and Irish has managed to keep that in mind for five long, lust-filled years.

    CAROLYN says: "A GOOD START BUT WILL IT ALL BE WORTH 5 CREDITS?"
    "A GOOD START BUT WILL IT ALL BE WORTH 5 CREDITS?"
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    Inter-species relationships are forbidden by a Government who rule over the paranormals and humans alike. But this rule Is devastating for Claire because she's a Werewolf who has been whining and panting for a dreamy vampire named Irish for the past five years and he has been dreaming of her too.... also for the last five years but they could never cross the line and break the rules..... until now. Claire is meant to be mated to the mean and nasty Pack Alpha but all hell breaks out when he goes missing and the bloody evidence points to Clare having brutally killed him and so Irish steps in to protect and save her from the pack which is now led by the grieving angry brother of the missing Alpha.

    But Claire is holding back secrets, secrets that's going to uncover a child kidnapping ring run by an evil and dangerous Demon which leads to a life threatening situation and not for just one of them. Irish is possessive, compassionate, intense and sexy and their mutual attraction finally leads to some needy lust filled scenes. There's twists, surprises, witty dialogue, dirty talk, sex and a suspense filled storyline which will continue. Other than riding bikes and wearing leathers there's been no reference to the 'MC biker lifestyle'.

    Worth a credit? Good narration, told from dual POV's and it was enjoyable, entertaining and yes worth a credit BUT the storyline of Claire, Irish and the ongoing saga continues over a series of 5 fairly short books so I really don't know whether I will continue with this series. In my opinion, breaking a book down like this and making it into a series which will cost the eager listener 5 credits just seems a bit greedy to me..... 2 books I would of happily download, if they're less than $10 each then sure but to use 5 credits they'd all have to be something special.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Bite the Bridesmaid

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tiffany Alle
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Alice Shepard needs one thing: a date for her sister's wedding. And not just any date. A hunk who will make her fiancé rue the day he left her for her best friend. Her drop-dead gorgeous neighbor fits the bill - even if he is a bit quirky and never comes out during the day - and Alice has downed just enough appletinis to ask him. But she makes it quite clear that there will be no funny business.

    CAROLYN says: "A LIGHT FUN LISTEN IF YOU'RE IN THE MOOD"
    "A LIGHT FUN LISTEN IF YOU'RE IN THE MOOD"
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    A very light easygoing listen with a little angst at the end. Not heavy on details.... Alice has always had the hots for her handsome next door neighbour Noah the vampire and Noah has always had the hots for Alice. He needed to get away and quickly so he took a chance and went with her to join the Wedding party on a Cruise but when they had to share a cabin things got tense...... their chemistry sizzled, their attraction grew and all the while her pulse called to him.

    There was slight jealousies and angst provided by Brent her ex, a couple of sex scenes, humor, a sweet romance with a little bit of drama at the end but on the whole it was an easy flowing plot. They were a cute couple and there were some amusing family members too. Told from both POV's and the narrator was ok.

    Worth a credit? I enjoyed it but I was looking for more so, IMHO, I don't think it's worth a credit if you're looking for a 'meatier' listen.... but definitely a sale purchase.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in a Trap (Romantic Comedy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Janice B. Moss
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Retired Navy SEAL and Texas business tycoon Rafe Morgan was sure he was being set up by his suddenly acquired fiancee. He had spent 20 years in the navy and was trained to handle anything - until he came up against one volatile New York redhead with wicked curves and the world's hardest ass! And then he saw her sex lair and was more than willing to be Caught in a Trap. And to set one of his own!

    CAROLYN says: "3.5* FOR HER THERE WAS NO HOPE.. BUT HE HAD A PLAN"
    "3.5* FOR HER THERE WAS NO HOPE.. BUT HE HAD A PLAN"
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    Kit had an abusive childhood where she had to scheme, hide, plan, outwit and lie in order to keep herself sane, safe and survive the Hell she was in. Now, as an adult, she's free from that tortuous world she is smart, strong, confident, comfortable and she has a successful career but she longed for more.... a dream and one that included a Knight in Shining Armour that could make her inner demons go away.

    Unfortunately, old habits die hard and when her friends come around to hear all about the cruise she'd just been on Kit found herself once again lying and invented a wild sexy romantic love story involving an imaginary boyfriend called Rafe Morgan. However, rather than the gossip dying down her lies got spun around the office and before she knew it people were congratulating her on her engagement. Days later at a Cocktail Party a smiling, sexy, handsome, alpha hunk comes striding towards her, swoops her backwards over his arm and passionately kisses her and declares he's missed her..... and his name.... Rafe Morgan.

    The dooda really hits the fan this time and what ensues is witty banter, suspicions, fun, secrets, instant chemistry, misunderstandings, a pact, a game of cat and mouse and a love story as cunning and mega rich Rafe slowly ensnares the woman of his dreams. He did this by asking Kit to trust him, move in with him for just 5/6 weeks spinning her a lie about doing it all to make some other woman jealous but it was really Kit that he was deeply attracted to. There's loveable secondary characters ready to welcome her into Rafe's family (including ex Navy SEAL Rafe himself) but Kit, being a realist, dared not dream, she knew all good things must come to an end for her, she was just a pawn in Rafe's game to make a woman jealous and so, for her, time quickly ran out.

    Worth a credit? A light, totally implausible, contemporary romance (but hey this is romantic fiction) which had some sad, heartbreaking and nasty memories for both of them about child abuse and the devastating mental and physical damage of war. But thankfully the compassion, humor and tenderness between them brought the plot nicely back to present day attractions, passions, lust and hope. Dual POV's about a man who felt he had found his soul mate and he just needed to convince her of that by any way he could. The narrator was ok - just ok. Undecided about the credit but definitely a sale purchase.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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