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CAROLYN

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  • Fever: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (617)

    Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything - including their women. When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him - and excites him beyond control. Jace isn’t sharing Bethany - with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash.

    Leesa says: "Modern day Cinderella story with a touch of BDSM"
    "IT'S NOT A FEVER ...... IT WAS JUST SOOO H H H HOT"
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    Great continuation the the Breathless trilogy and it has everything we expect from Ms Banks books - a troublesome romance, some really dishy alpha men, flawed characters who grow into likeable ones, an interesting plot a lovely tortured romance AND some really hot n heavy love scenes (I think she outdid herself with this one - (a ménage and bdsm).

    Yes, as previously mentioned, certain aspects weren't really plausible but in it's defence that's why it's in the Fiction section and it must be said that, on the whole, most of us listen to these books for the pure escapism factor which this one delivers to us by the spadeful. I for one will happily carry on listening to her books for the simple enjoyment factor not giving a thought if the catering staff have green cards or if the driver has his licence - who cares!!!

    Worth a credit? It definitely would have been a YES but (and I hate repeating this and boring you - so if you've read my comments before then just skip this bit) if a book's under $10 then I just buy it and keep my credit for a more expensive, but no more worthy, listen.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Greyson King. My boyfriend. My friend. My protector. He's the reason I wake up every morning with a smile on my face, and the reason I fall asleep limp, worn out, and aching for his warm arms around me. When we make love, he says my name like it means something. Like I mean something. He lied. His name is Greyson King, but his alias is Zero. There's zero trace of him, he has zero past, and now I know that with him, I will have zero future.

    CAROLYN says: "I JUST DIDN'T WANT IT TO STOP....... OR END"
    "I JUST DIDN'T WANT IT TO STOP....... OR END"
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    It's now 3.30 am as I write this Review having just finished this exhausting, but oh so enjoyable, listen as it had my pulse pounding for most of the all consuming story which I just HAD TO, yes HAD TO finish before I had any chance of sleeping. There's sweet, raw, passionate, erotic, nail-biting and very romantic scenes as well as a very well described and developed plot that resulted in many enjoyable drama filled hours of listening.

    As a hopeless romantic, Melanie was searching for her perfect Prince but instead she got a handsome bad boy King.... Greyson King is dark, sexy, secretive, possessive, jealous, sensual and very loving but she kept wondering why he kept going missing and why he was becoming more illusive. Greyson has been captivated by Melanie since he first saw her and now he's tasted her he just can't let her go but he's hiding terrible secrets that will devastate Melanie and someone's waiting in the wings ready to settle a score with Greyson which has heartbreaking consequences for them both.

    Worth a credit? This listen had me sighing with delight at the romance, captivated by a damaged Hero, on the edge of my seat with all the action and drama, shedding tears for all the heartache and finally bursting with joy at the beautiful ending to their love story that had survived despite everything. So, YES a creditworthy addition to a powerful series and I hope KE will keep em coming so I can get my next fix involving these very lickable, loveable and loving Alphas.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Phenomenal X: Hard Knocks, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michelle A. Valentine
    • Narrated By Alexandria Wilde, Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    From the mean streets of Detroit rises the newest superstar of professional wrestling, Xavier Cold, better known as Phenomenal X. His muscular physique makes men cower before him and women lose their minds with desire. Anna Cortez is fresh out of college and naïve to the harsh realities of the real world. Tired of living under the thumb of her conservative family, she defies them when she accepts a job as the assistant to wrestling's most notorious bad boy.

    Lilian says: "X Gonna give it to ya!...Cliffhanger Ahead"
    "YES IT WAS SIMPLY PHENOMENAL"
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    Right from the start this listen captured my imagination while Xavier captured my heart…. sitting in Economy aboard a plane that will hopefully whisk her away from overbearing religious parents and an unwanted marriage, shy timid Anna locks eyes with a stunning, sexy, drool-worthy man as he prepares to sit in First Class. She doesn't know it but he's a famous Wrestler and he's about to rock her world.

    Although he says he's the villain in this story Xavier comes across as protective, sweet, thoughtful, kind and loving to Anna and when their off the charts sizzling chemistry moves them from the 'friends' category into the 'lovers' category then things really heat up with jealousy and possessiveness also joining his list of traits. He's damaged and haunted by his past and terrified of losing his beautiful innocent Anna and will do anything to stop that from happening…… but the one he should fear most is himself.

    Worth a credit? Oh YES, what an awesome sexy start to a new series that will be an auto download for me but hopefully they won't have quite such an epic cliffhanger as this one did which left me pulling my hair out while screaming "NO NO NO OMG NO NO NO !!!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall of Shane MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

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

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

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

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

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (153)

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

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

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

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Obsession

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wanted: A Most Wanted Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Saffron Martindale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (159)

    He is everything I crave, all I desperately want - and he is everything I can't have. Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets. My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan's dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can't fight.

    Tweetyct2 says: "Hot, steamy and sexy!!!"
    "AN EMOTIONAL LUST FILLED COCKTAIL CALLED WANTED"
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    Well this time J Kinner has given us The Knights... Evan, Tyler and Cole who are all drool-worthy, rich, successful and charismatic guys each with their own story to be told. In this one Evan has always been attracted to their Mentor's Niece Angie but promised him he would never touch her but now that she's all grown up and his Mentor is dead, he is finding it harder to resist the beautiful, strong and sexy woman that she has become. From the age of 16 Angie has always had an all consuming crush on Evan and, after years of longing and now aged 23, she is now determined to corrupt him however once she starts to tease him she finds out that he's intense, possessive, controlling, romantic and an all Alpha male.... and Angie finds out that she likes it that way.

    Horrific pasts, sexual tension, secrets, action-packed, twists, mystery, surprises and some hot sex makes this forbidden love story the start of (hopefully) a great trilogy.

    BUT the narration is awful, now I'm all for equal opportunities and all that, but to have a narrator with a sometimes lisp talking about bedroom scenes like.... I want to thpank you, you've got thexy hipths and thoft curves, I want to kith your lipths, thpread for me I want to be inthide you, thon of a bitch, yeth yeth yeth..... well you get the drift, it spoils the thexual intenthity. Also she breaks the sentence-------down and you-------don't get the flow-----of the scene-----without lots of unnecessary------dramatic pauses.

    Worth a credit? But despite the narration, this intense sweet love affair is still well worth the credit and here's hoping book 2 will have a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Groom: The Highland, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Sir Diarmot MacEnroy, deciding his illegitimate children need a mother and his keep needs a proper lady, now stands before the altar with a gentle bride he hopes is too shy to disrupt his life or break his heart. The nuptials, however, are interrupted by the appearance of a flame-haired beauty carrying two babies, boldly claiming that she is his wife and mother of his twin infant sons. Armed with her seven very large brothers, she has come to demand her due.

    Amazon Customer says: "Narration"
    "HIGHLAND MYSTERY & INTRIGUE IN MEDIEVAL TIMES"
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    These books are always a sure thing for me as I love rugged Highlanders but I find that I can't just listen to them one after another because then they become a bit repetitive so instead I visit the Clans off an on so the format never becomes stale.

    I really enjoyed this one which was funny, frustrating, heartbreaking and had a good plot of a jilted lover, memory loss, an evil dead wife who left a terrible legacy, traitors, revenge, loveable children, good secondary characters and a strong Heroine who's hell bent on keeping her man no matter what sh&t the Hero throws her way. There wasn't a great deal of romance and the sex was tame but the feelings they once had for each other were always there somewhere and thankfully surfaced at the end.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a fairly lighthearted Highland tale with an ending that'll leave you with a smile on your face then look no further and these books could each be stand alone listens. I'm slowly working my way through all of Hannah Howell's impressive collection of Clan based Warriors and don't regret any of the credits so YES IMHO worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (312)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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