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CAROLYN

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  • Colters' Lady: Colter's Legacy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (294)

    When police officer Seth Colter sees the delicate, shabbily dressed beauty in line at the soup kitchen where he's serving, he's gut shot over the idea of her being on the streets cold and alone. More baffling is the dark, possessive instinct that tells him she belongs to him. For Lily Weston, home is a secluded nook in a back alley - until Seth offers her a place to stay. She's wary of his offer, but even one night out of the cold is too much temptation to resist. Seth is convinced Lily is his. The problem is, when his brothers lay eyes on her, the same primitive instinct comes roaring to the surface.

    Karen says: "A new generation of Colters to drool over!"
    "COLTER'S LEGACY - THE NEXT GENERATION"
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    If you liked book 1 then this is a must - as the next generation of Colters manage to find that one woman they're all prepared to share - a homeless mentally and emotionally scarred woman

    As usual with MB's books it's a very very hot listen with characters from the previous story getting very much involved in the love lives of their sons and the woman they brought home. Then passions ignite as they each have to come to terms with their emotions at having to share one woman together with finding out her heartbreaking history as it is slowly revealed.

    Worth a credit? Yes, if you're in the mood for a hot listen that's pure escapism, then you can't go wrong with MB books but if you're looking for a more realistic traditional romance listen perhaps you should look elsewhere.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Unbreak Me: New Hope Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lexi Ryan
    • Narrated By Nelson Hobbs, Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    "If you're broken, I'll fix you . . . "I'm only twenty-one and already damaged goods. A slut. A failure. A disappointment to my picture-perfect family as long as I can remember. I called off my wedding to William Bailey, the only man who thought I was worth fixing. A year later, he's marrying my sister. Unless I ask him not to . . ."If you shatter, I'll find you . . . "But now there's Asher Logan, a broken man who sees the fractures in my façade and doesn't want to fix me at all. Asher wants me to stop hiding, to stop pretending.

    Jordy says: "Unbreak Me gets 4.5 stars from me."
    "PHEWEEE, WHAT AN INTENSE, RAW & DRAMA FILLED RIDE"
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    Maggie and Asher's love story is both beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time as the bad boy rock star slowly crumbles the walls that years worth of hurt, manipulation and pain has forced Maggie to build around her heart in order to survive the loss of so much. Constantly being taunted and labelled as being 'loose' and much worse she acts out the part..... but only Asher can glimpse the real woman underneath.

    This is such a pain-filled journey of growth and discovery as truths are finally freed, revelations are shockingly discovered and hope finally sees the light of day as Maggie struggles through her past to claim not only her life back.... but her future happiness too. There's laughter, pain, anguish, sex and heartache but what you get at the end of it is a satisfaction that you've just listened to a book that was very skilfully written and narrated from three people's POV's so you get the full depth to the picture of just where everyone's heart and feelings are.

    Worth a credit? Hell YEAH and I'm now off to listen to Lexi Ryan's second book in this remarkable, addictive and mouthwatering Series.... yaye lucky me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Masseuse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sierra Kincade
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Anna Rossi lives by one simple rule: Don't get attached, don't get hurt. But Alec Flynn doesn’t play by the rules... Anna never takes on a massage client without screening him first, but the paycheck offered by billionaire Maxim Stein is too good to turn down. Stein is the richest man she's ever laid her hands on, and despite the risks, she trusts that she can take care of herself. After all, she's handled difficult clients in the past.

    CAROLYN says: "MUCH MUCH MORE THAN JUST A BITTER-SWEET ROMANCE"
    "MUCH MUCH MORE THAN JUST A BITTER-SWEET ROMANCE"
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    Anna had a lot of childhood baggage which means she's never in the same State for long - she's strong and loving but on the inside she's vulnerable and damaged but now she's trying to settle in Florida where her best friend lives. Anna's job as a Masseuse lands her a home visit job for a ruthlessTycoon but once there she meets the sexy, mysterious and gorgeous Alec and he will turn her world upside down..... because their sexual chemistry wasn't just sizzling it was flammable, combustible and dangerous for them both. Although he was passionate, tender and oh so sexy, there were a lot if secrets, mysterious phone calls and a redhead that kept popping up but the more Anna pushed for answers the more Alec pulled away.

    The characters had me at the first Chapter, then came the passion, lust and sex which further drew me in but what kept me totally enthralled was the intrigue because there were a lot of suspicious activities and secrets that needed to be answered. And when they all came together in one climactic heart-pounding reveal the fallout was catastrophic, heartbreaking and deadly..... with some shocking twists, suspense and it leaves a beautiful love story that is damaged but thankfully not broken..... well not yet anyway.

    This well written and described captivating story is told from Anna's POV and the Narrator did a great job in capturing all the emotions, tensions and heartache that's felt in this twisted love story and it's loveable characters, along with it's beautiful love story, will stay with me.

    Worth a credit? The hours flew by as I was entranced in it's unfolding love story but I was blown away when all the bitter secrets were painstakingly revealed and then, as the Chapters were speedily dwindling with no HEA in sight, I was pulling my hair out only to finally learn that this is just Part 1 of the Body Trilogy.... so be warned!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jared: The Protectors, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Teresa Gabelman
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The VC Warriors are an elite group of vampire who protect innocents, whether human or those of their own race. Jared Kincaid, along with other Warriors, are shocked when a fiery red head with a gun and attitude, bring news of young teens being turned into an army of half-breed vampires capable of taking out all VC Warriors. Breaking into the famed VC Warriors compound was definitely not the smartest thing Tessa Pride has ever done, but she will do anything for her brother, Adam.

    CAROLYN says: "IT BLEW ME AWAY & LEFT ME WANTING MORE MORE MORE"
    "IT BLEW ME AWAY & LEFT ME WANTING MORE MORE MORE"
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    I loved, loved, loved absolutely everything about this second instalment into The Protectors series about a group of very Alpha Vampire males and the trouble they find themselves caught up in. It reminds me of my absolute favorite vampire series..... J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood, no it's not quite as good but it's still early days into this series. However, there's the same witty banter, the same 'brotherhood' feeling, the same 'they'll do anything to protect their mate' and, of course, they're all sexy, hunky and 'take no sh*t' Vampires.

    This books starts where the last one left off.... Chad is being interrogated by The Protectors as they're sure he holds the answers to many of their who and why questions but the trouble is Damon just wants to rip his head off for endangering his mate Nicole (story in book 1). The trouble comes when bar worker Tessa, who would do anything for her brother who has been viciously turned into a half-breed against his will, along with many other teenagers, and they think Chad knows who did it. So they cleverly, efficiently and successfully storm the compound to steal Chad from under the very noses of the Warriors...... which annoys, intrigues, fascinates and amuses the Hell out of Jared, along with the red headed beauty who carried it out.

    Various POV's all brilliantly done by the sexy deep voice of Jeffry Kafer who made the book come alive.

    Worth a credit? Strong willed Heroine and a love-love-loveable charming Hero who had great chemistry between them and funny witty and sexy interactions, good secondary characters and an action-packed continuation of the storyline that has twists, surprises and heartwarming romantic scenes makes this a 'straight through' listen as I just couldn't stop listening. So creditworthy.... you bet!



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Rescue: The Arathians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nicole Krizek
    • Narrated By Philip Alces
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Rexvan has spent the last decade as the Arathian Ambassador to the Galactic Alliance. Now onboard the Adastra with Kor, Ty and Lacy, they discover another human female that makes Rex yearn for a life beyond what he's known. Will giving in to this temptation spell disaster, or be his salvation? Doctor Maggie Walsh is a top surgeon on Earth. As an academic, she never found a man worth her time.

    CAROLYN says: "THESE HUNKY ALIENS CAN RESCUE ME ANYTIME"
    "THESE HUNKY ALIENS CAN RESCUE ME ANYTIME"
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    It's such a shame that these books aren't longer as I really enjoy a good Sci-Fi romance and this one doesn't disappoint. As handsome Arathian Ambassador Rex finally organizes the dying Maggie to be transported aboard their Science Spaceship to give her an ultimatum.... life with them or death, little does he know just how her decision was going to change his life too.

    Great characters who get involved in saving Maggie, saving an aeroplane full of people who were, unfortunately for them, in the wrong place at the wrong time and also saving some already rescued Earthers from enemies within their own Group. It's action packed with a nicely developing romance which eventually leads to passion, sex as another Arathian finds his mate. Not as hot as book 1.

    Dual POV's, great narration and the story involves Ty, Lacy and Kor (from book 1) too so we get all the latest about the pregnancy..... and the much anticipated and celebrated birth.

    Worth a credit? The more I listen to these stories the more I become sucked into the outcome for these loving, tender and caring aliens. Don't let the length put you off as there's a lot packed into these listens which are, IMHO, well worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alien Savior: The Arathians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nicole Krizek
    • Narrated By Philip Alces
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Lacy Woods thought that there could be nothing worse than being stolen from Earth by an alien poacher, until she's thrust onto the auction block and sold as a slave on an alien planet. Standing on stage surrounded by the galaxy's nastiest criminals, she has little hope. Kor and Ty are a mated pair that have been searching throughout the galaxy for a species that can save their race from extinction. They never expected to come across a rare Earther female being auctioned as a slave.

    CAROLYN says: "A GOOD SCI-FI MÉNAGE & THE START OF AN ALIEN QUEST"
    "A GOOD SCI-FI MÉNAGE & THE START OF AN ALIEN QUEST"
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    I really enjoyed this Sci-Fi romance, yes at only being 4.36 hrs long (or short?), it did suffer from the lack of some in-depth details but for the most part it was a very easy flowing erotic listen. Lacy has been kidnapped from Earth and forced into an unbelievable new galaxy containing all things weird and terrifying but, as she stood on the Alien auction block waiting for her fate to be determined as food or slave, in walks her salvation..... two gorgeous huge green eyed Warriors.

    Kor, the very Alpha Captain of the Adastra spaceship, and it's Medical Officer/Scientist (and his mate) Ty have been on an endless mission spanning years to try to find the genetic answers that'll save their dying out species the Arathians and are investigating the planet Vox when a fevered commotion draws them in. One look at the beautiful, frightened and vulnerable Lacy is all it took for their instant lust and protective natures to kick in and they knew they had to save her and have her (in all ways).... but they didn't realise that she was going to be the answer to their prayers as well as the Arathian's salvation.

    This listen caught my attention from the start and kept my interest - it had drama, action, tender loving M/M sex scenes (but not full sex) with passionate and hot M/F/M love making as Kor and Ty both eagerly welcomed their new mate. Then some shocking but happy news resulted in drama, tension and a battle in the skies to the death ensued as the committee of the Galactic Alliance of the Planets, and it's multi-species politics, decided on the fate of Earth. And this will, no doubt, continue in book 2 which I'm happily and eagerly about to start listening to.

    Worth a credit? Great narration, triple POV's and a loving and very sexy ménage made this, for me, a creditworthy listen and there was good world and character building descriptions but because of it's shortness, it sadly just couldn't cover everything. So a longer, more in-depth start to this series would have been better but hey it is what it is..... an enjoyable erotic dip into an alternative Universe and thankfully book 2 is a little longer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince in the Mist: Legend Series Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Anthony Goring
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    His name is Breslyn, Prince of Dagda of the Tuatha De. He is a royal Fae, immortal and endowed with more than eye candy looks. He is a being with immeasurable powers but life for him lacked something - so he looked around, and found... humans.

    Emily says: "Full of action, romance and perfect pacing"
    "PRINCE BRESLYN'S MAGICAL MEMOIRS START HERE"
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    It may be short but boy does it pack a lot in.... loveable characters who get caught up in a strong plot that's got a sexy, handsome and roguish Fae Prince called Breslyn who breaks the rules and risks all because he lusts and loves Chartelle a beautiful but married mortal. This captivating story is based in Scotland in the year 1314 when Robert The Bruce was fighting against the English and Breslyn thought this was a worthy cause so got caught up in the action.... but his main love was Chartelle his first love.

    Plenty of adventure, intrigue, magic, mayhem lust, sex, passion and a love story that spanned decades as loveable, loyal, tender and sweet Breslyn left the Fae realm to be by Chartelle's side and support her and her family because there's nowhere else he'd rather be. There's a secondary romance between her Druid brother and a woman with secrets.

    Great narration, dual POV's and a sad ending but one that leaves you desperate to hear more from the Memoirs of the oh so charming Prince Breslyn, to find out what tale he will share with us and what Fate had in store for him next.

    Worth a credit? It's under $5 so no just buy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Damon: The Protectors Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Teresa Gabelman
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Damon DeMasters is a vampire warrior who has taken an oath to not only protect his own kind, but humans as well. Crimson Rush is the new drug on the streets, and it's their duty to find who is behind the selling of vampire blood and stop it. A social worker, Nicole Callahan, fights for the right of every child placed in her care. There's a war now, as vampires have stepped out into the spotlight taking their place in society, and the children are at the heart of it all.

    Melanie says: "WANTED: MY OWN PERSONAL PROTECTOR"
    "GREAT NEW SERIES WITH YUMMY ALPHA HOTTIES"
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    Great new paranormal world with awesome characters, very likeable hero and heroine..... well who doesn't drool over a big all over!, muscled, kick-ass, handsome, pantie ripping, protective and sexy Alpha vampire Warrior. And he has the hots for a feisty, strong and stands for no sh*t Social Worker who really does truly care about the kids she's responsible for.... so a match made in Heaven right?..... sadly not quite.

    Damon and Nicole are instantly attracted to each other and they don't fight it which leads to some sexy scenes but what Damon is fighting is his mating instincts because of something that happened in his past. A very interesting, fast paced plot involving greed, the selling of vampire kid's blood, revenge and, of course, the romance and passion between one stubborn vampire and a human woman that's not going to stand for all his bull.

    Nice dynamics between the Warriors who are all sexy and 'built', there's fun and humor, witty dialogue, interesting likeable secondary characters, a well described plot, lust sex love and the narrator did a great job in bringing it all to life.

    Worth a credit? I can never get enough of good Vampire series and The Protectors is off to a fangtastic start.... so YES a creditworthy addition to any PNR lover's library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Kiss: Widowmakers Motorcycle Club, Vegas Titans Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Celia Loren
    • Narrated By Warner Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    It all changed one night, with one kiss. He was nineteen. She was only sixteen. She would've been better off if she'd been kissed by the Devil himself. Olive's good girl from a broken family who always looks for love in all the wrong places. West is her brother's best friend-a super hot bad boy biker raised on the streets of Las Vegas, and totally off limits. That summer Olive moves with her mother to the East Coast for a chance at a better life, but she never forgets about West.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS AN OK LISTEN....... BUT JUST OK"
    "IT WAS AN OK LISTEN....... BUT JUST OK"
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    I love a good MC listen but unfortunately this only had brief references of the Club and very short visits - the main characters live together in a house..... no badass bikers around. 24 yr old Heroine with an over protective brother returns home after eight years away, she has always lusted over Hero, mutual chemistry, forbidden sex for two weeks (which is hot) and an ex boyfriend stalker causes havoc and mayhem.

    But I didn't feel the passion, the romance or the togetherness, no "I love you's" or tender words and a blah letdown of a rushed ending. I think also my problems was the narrator's voice for the Hero which sadly just didn't 'do it for me' but the rest of the characters were ok - told from dual POV's.

    Worth a credit? It was a passable listen but regrettably also forgettable.... just because the author mentions bikes, old ladies, biker clothes and tattoos doesn't make it a MC book, so IMHO, not creditworthy but yes get it when it's on sale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Come: The Fight Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Becca Jameson
    • Narrated By Annie Chapman
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Katy Marks has worked hard for years to make partner at her law firm and be accepted in a man’s world. She hasn’t had much time for play. Now she has a stalker, one of the firm’s partners who hopes to entice her to gain promotion by sleeping with him. Backed into a corner, she grabs an unexpected opportunity. She wards off his unwanted advances by plastering herself against the sexy man leaning casually against the wall outside her uncle’s gym.

    CAROLYN says: "NO, NO, NO, & NEVER AGAIN!!"
    "NO, NO, NO, & NEVER AGAIN!!"
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    Despite the hot cover and the Publisher's Summary this listen was bad in all sorts of ways..... far too much inner dialogue, the sex talk just wasn't nice, unlikeable hero, mild heroine and the sex scenes weren't at all sexy or erotic. The Fight Club was only referred to because they met there and he was either going to or coming from it and the 'mystery stalker' was mentioned in a few chapters and dealt with in a few paragraphs..... so, a little mystery but no suspense.

    Told from dual POV's but what made it far worse was the boring, monotonous and unemotional narration.

    Worth a credit? I'm ever an optimist so I kept trudging my way through (eventually on double speed) hoping it got better.... but it never did. There's far better books in this genre out there so, IMHO, pass on this one - uh uh nope, not worth a credit or even buying while on sale.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Roses: Blackthorn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lindsay J. Pryor
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A rare and powerful witch whose blood is lethal to vampires, Leila has always viewed her serryn abilities as a curse. After seeing her mother slaughtered as a child, Leila longs for a safe, quiet life. That wish is shattered by Caleb Dehain - a vampire with a dark past and a darker heart. The most feared serryn hunter of his generation, Caleb now needs the help of one of the witches he despises to save his dying brother.

    CAROLYN says: "A 5* TENSE, GRIPPING & EMOTIONALLY DRAINING PNR"
    "A 5* TENSE, GRIPPING & EMOTIONALLY DRAINING PNR"
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    Well Lindsay Pryor did it again, she kept me up til the wee small hours with this totally gripping and nail-biting second visit into the dark, dangerous and seedy world of Blackthorn to join the Vampires, Weres and other supernaturals who are all forced to live there. And that is where the innocent yet strong Leila, from the safe streets of Summerton, has been forced to venture into to save, not only her sister, but a dreaded Vampire too and that is where she met her worst nightmare..... and her heart's desire.

    Handsome, sexy, Alpha Vampire Caleb is a successful Nightclub owner but he has a very dark past filled with torture, pain, unspeakable acts and degrigation.... done to him and eagerly done to others by him. Beneath his stunning good looks he is clever, ruthless, arrogant, very manipulative and an unpredictable bastard and he has just found out that Leila is more than a mere Witch, she's a Serryn and, as told in the Prophecy, one who must die at his hands..... for him and for the Vampire world.

    This very well-written and described exciting story has so many twists, shocks and surprises as they both agonize over decisions that must be made.... life and death decisions that fate has thrown at them and unfortunately only one of them can survive. Tense and action-packed with passion, lust and sex but there's also a lot of turmoil and heartbreak too and a very clever 'pull your hair out' and scream "WHAT?" of a CLIFFHANGER because in this emotional book love just may not be enough.

    Very well narrated by Anne Flosnik and told from both the H/H POV's with a few other character's thoughts too but the bulk of the story was between Caleb and Leila - their thoughts, words, actions and deeds.

    Worth a credit? A PNR lover's dream book, very creditworthy and I've already pre-ordered book 3 which is an impressive and daunting 29 hr listen and, as much as I love Christmas, I can't wait for Dec 30th when it'll finally be released.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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