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CAROLYN

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  • Beautiful Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michele Hauf
    • Narrated By Amanda Cobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    As a member of an ancient order of hunters, Lark has found that eliminating dangerous vampires is about more than duty. It's personal - a kill for every day her husband was held captive before his death. Staking her prey isn't a challenge until she confronts Domingos LaRoque. Mad with vengeance and the blood of a powerful phoenix, Domingos tests her skills... and seduces her soul. Yet as he and Lark become allies to defeat a mutual threat, loving the enemy may be the ultimate sacrifice.

    CAROLYN says: "GREAT NEW VAMPIRE SAGA AS OPPOSITES CAN ATTRACT"
    "GREAT NEW VAMPIRE SAGA AS OPPOSITES CAN ATTRACT"
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    I pretty much love anything that comes from the talented mind of Michele Hauf and this one, whilst being a 'bit different', was an enjoyable listen and it's the start of her new In The Company of Vampires series.

    You don't get a hunky alpha type hero but instead you get Domingos, a tortured by sadistic Werewolves, damaged, nearly mad vampire bent on revenge and Lark, a Huntress and part of The Order known as Knights, but she too was haunted by her past and trying to revenge a wrong. He is such a sweet, tender, likeable character that you just can't help but fall in love with and root for him as he tries desperately to befriend Lark as they call a truce between them day by day until a bond is slowly formed followed by attraction, desire and hot on it's heels.... sex and love.

    But for most good stories there's always the 'bad guys' namely Rook and King who are in charge of The Order and in this paranormal action-packed listen it is suggested that they are not human and they try to destroy alliances and interfere but who are they really and what is their goal? - we will have to wait and see.

    Worth a credit? An entertaining, enjoyable but heart-wrenching love story and I can see this series getting better and better so I'm patiently waiting book 2 - hint hint Michele - please please don't keep your fans waiting long.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Cain's Identity: Scanguards Vampires, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Who is Cain? The vampire, who's now working as a bodyguard for Scanguards, has been asking himself this very question ever since he awoke one day without a memory. Until his mysterious past is finally catching up with him. And it's not what he expected.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER ENTERTAINING & EXCITING LISTEN"
    "ANOTHER ENTERTAINING & EXCITING LISTEN"
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    This, as you can see, in no. 9 in Tina Folsom's brilliant Vampire series about hot alpha Security Guards and, in this case, a King. So, if you're into vamps and you want an action-packed listen that starts off with a bang (although this one's against a wall) and continues with excitement, mystery, drama, spells, laughs, romance, sex and a great cast of supporting characters then look no further.

    Then there's Eric Dove's narration…. well that's always awesome.

    The story has lots of characters that are featured in past books but despite that this could be a stand-alone listen.

    Worth a credit? Oh YEAH…. they're auto download's for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Highland Rose: Time Travel Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dee Davis
    • Narrated By Ross Pendleton
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Trapped in a loveless marriage, Marjory Macpherson rejoices at the news of her husband's death, only to find that he is, in fact, very much alive. Marjory has spent her life hating the Camerons, waiting for the day that she can avenge her father. Now suddenly, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to a man who is the enemy.

    CAROLYN says: "FOR ME, A TEPID ROMANCE RUINED A GOOD STORY"
    "FOR ME, A TEPID ROMANCE RUINED A GOOD STORY"
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    This is a difficult one to review, was it a good book with twists, surprises, mystery, angst, sex, some heartbreak, fighting and evil villains?…. yes but, did I really enjoy it?…… sadly no. I don't know whether it was because there just wasn't nearly enough romance or build up but whatever it was it just didn't have me eager to get back to their story or swept away by any strong feelings of love.

    Worth a credit? So sadly, for me, this just didn't grab me and I'm sorry to have to say NO to the credit but it was well written and had a great Narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Tragic Wreck: Beautiful Mess, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By T. K. Leigh
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Haunted by her past, Olivia Adler flees Boston for a beach in Florida, leaving everyone behind. Remaining a relative recluse in her self-imposed prison, she tries to turn everything off, wanting to feel nothing. But a new acquaintance won't let that happen. After being away from Alexander for a month, his voice constantly ringing in her head, reminding her that her inability to confront her demons will not only destroy her but also him, can she really be expected to want to feel again when it brings nothing but pain?

    Scottie 131 says: "What Drivel!"
    "A HEART-WRENCHING TALE OF TRUE LOVE & DESTINY"
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    If like me, it's been a while and many books since you listened to book 1 in this series, then it may help if you go back and relisten to the last few chapters of that book before starting this one to familiarise yourself with Olivia and Alexander's tragic story. But if you can easily remember their raw sizzling chemistry and hot passion that's been built on secrets, lies, deception and lust then brace yourself and get listening.

    This is so full of self imposed heartache brought on by both Olivia and Alex that I just wanted to scream at both of them to grow up, hug each other, tell all and get a grip as Olivia has changed from a strong woman into a snivelling wreck. Tensions and feelings were high (including mine) as all the drama and angst played out between these two childhood best friends which led to some hot sex but not always with each other as their breakup hit them both hard. The fallout was both heartbreaking and devastating but thank God for second chances.... or that's what I thought.

    There was a shocking surprise when someone came back from the dead, more daunting revelations were revealed when Alex eventually opened his Father's letter to him, Olivia suffered more nightmares that was slowly opening Pandora's Box to her past memories and all the while, in the background, lurked their enemy making terrible plans that'll shatter their now hard won blissful world.

    Worth the credit? I must admit that this was a very frustrating listen as both of their emotions were all over the place which made them both do stupid, crazy and annoying things..... but I became hooked on their romance from book 1 so I need to know just how it's going to finally play out. So, as hard as it was to listen to all the heartache, anguish and pain that they both viciously dealt each other, I'm a romantic and need closure to their love story and YES it's a tortured, romantic, sexy, addictive and creditworthy listen. Not a stand-alone, told from various POV's, a cliffhanger ending and the Narrator did an excellent job. My only hope now, for my sanity's sake, is that the finale to this awesome trilogy will be with Audible real soon.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Becky Lee Weyrich
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Renowned psychic Carol Marlowe was in sultry New Orleans on police business. Until an enchanted midnight bayou ride sent her spiralling back through time into the body and soul of a Creole belle, and into the arms of her seductive renegade lover. Suddenly Carol was caught in a world of scandal and intrigue. . . even as she surrendered to the fires of forbidden passion. Though danger threatened, she was determined to cherish her new-found happiness - for she was living a love destined to last for all time .

    CAROLYN says: "TWO VERY HAUNTING LOVE STORIES OVERLAP CENTURIES"
    "TWO VERY HAUNTING LOVE STORIES OVERLAP CENTURIES"
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    I hadn't heard of this author before but took a chance and it's one of those times when it pays off and you're so glad you did. BLW puts SO much detail into every scene you feel transported to either the bustling streets of present day New Orleans or to a Gone With The Wind type era where there was little choices for women of breeding. But in either time there's a damaged Hero and a heartbreaking story waiting to be told.

    When Carol, the Physic, gets a call from Detective Frank from New Orleans asking for her help in trying to identify a mummified body her life will never be the same.... it'll be controlled by fate and mystical forces and when they meet there's an instant connection like they've met before. Their instant connection, ease with one another and joint desperate desire to find out just who the woman's body was is going to stir up a lot more than just facts.... a desire to change her fate which will have a dramatic and unforeseen effect on their own fates.

    Once I started this very well-written sweeping book that must have involved a lot of research, I couldn't stop listening as there were so many twists and turns and, with each one, came new revelations but also new questions, twists and dilemmas. Two love stories that overlap time, there's a heartbreaking story in Frank's life, a Murder, visions, spooky bits, romance, sex (not too graphic), interesting secondary characters, a dual.... oh the list goes on and on and on so you'll just have to listen to it yourself to get the full spectrum of events and emotions all contained in this one listen.

    Worth a credit? Oh boy YEAH is it ever, but it's a complicated listen that's (obviously) totally unrealistic but it was so captivating, romantic and mind altering that I've already put two more of her books in my cart. Dual POV's and with some other character's POV's along the way and the Narrator did an fantastic job in bringing the whole story to life.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Lush Betrayal: Lush, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Selena Laurence
    • Narrated By John Wray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Joss Jamison has it all. He's the lead singer for the world's hottest rock band, Lush. He's wealthy, sexy, talented...and miserable. Twelve months ago, Joss lost his finely honed control and made a mistake he can't undo. A mistake that could end up costing him his best friend, his band, and maybe his heart.Mel DiLorenzo has it all. She's been hired to document the world tour of her sister's fiance's rock band. She's gorgeous, talented, loved...and sick of being the little sister.

    Denise says: "Unexpectedly Loved It!!!"
    "A VERY ENJOYABLE ROCK 'N ROLL ROMANCE"
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    I really felt for Joss…. he's a famous, sexy, gorgeous, wealthy rock star but under it all he's so damaged. Loneliness and guilt over a betrayal is eating him up inside until Mel blows fresh air into his life but the big secret of his betrayal is having mental and emotional consequences on not just him…. tensions rise and you know that eventually someone's going to let the cat out of the bag so it's just a question of when, where and how.

    Told from dual POV's this is a train wreck romance and you know there's no way of stopping the heartbreak that's going to happen. It's romantic, emotional, entertaining and very addictive as their road to the HEA starts off great with brief touches, flirting and kisses leading quickly to passion but there's oblivious characters, guilty characters, innocent characters and spiteful characters and the volatility keeps rising until it ignites. There is an eventual very touching and romantic happy ending (so no cliffhanger here).

    I thought the narrator's voice was a bit too old for all the male characters and his female voices were not too good either.

    Worth a credit? Oh yeah.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Stand: Reapers Motorcycle Club, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    As Reapers Motorcycle Club president, Reese "Picnic" Hayes has given his entire life to the club. After losing his wife, he knew he'd never love another woman. These days, Reese keeps his relationships free and easy-he definitely doesn't want to waste his time on a glorified cleaning lady like London Armstrong. Too bad he's completely obsessed with her.Besides running her own business, London has her junkie cousin's daughter to look after.

    Maryann says: "An emotional roller coaster."
    "IT'S A RAW & GRITTY WORLD........ & I LOVED IT"
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    Joanna Wylde's Reaper series is an auto download for me.... why you may ask? Well they're so well-written, action-packed, have great characters in them, there's always snappy witty dialogue, with hot sex scenes, a very sex-driven Alpha Hero who always finds his 'old lady' from an unusual romance and, despite all the hurdles put his way, manages to draw you into the unforgiving world of the MC Club.

    In this one there's also blackmail, kidnapping, torture, rape, family tragedy, biker loyalty and a battle that has all the MC Clubs banding together to overcome the threat that's been building in each book. As London has to make a no win decision the poop really hits the fan big time for her so it's a good job she eventually proved herself worthy to be Reese's old lady in the end.

    Worth a credit? It's a raw gritty world that has it's own lifestyle and rules of conduct but once you've been accepted in they're a caring, protective and loyal band of brothers. And if you think you can listen to their often crude way of thinking/talking then I'm sure you too will think its a must have series and very creditworthy. Narration was excellent as usual. Could be a stand-alone listen.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Vow: Save the Date, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Cara Connelly
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Maddie's all about right and wrong. Adam's shades of gray. So when he uncovers the hot body under her hard-ass veneer and she finds he's a thief with a heart, can the law-and-order lawyer and the fast-and-loose felon put their prickly past behind them?

    CAROLYN says: "RICHLY DESCRIBED COMPLEX CHARACTERS FIND TRUE LOVE"
    "RICHLY DESCRIBED COMPLEX CHARACTERS FIND TRUE LOVE"
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    Adam, the handsome arrogant Billionaire, thinks he has everything and what he hasn't got he can just buy and he's just paid a lot of money for the services of the Prosecutor who nearly put him away for theft 5 years earlier. The pocket sized Lawyer Maddie is very confident and good at her job but when it comes to her personal life then that's a totally different story.

    Both have been moulded by childhood Demons and there's secrets big and small and whilst Adam is manipulating Maddie their sizzling attraction grows into much more but Maddie is a tough nut to crack when it comes to doing relationships. Adam doesn't want to give up on her and tries everything but, just as things are finally looking up, Maddie unfortunately walks in on a shocking secret.

    This was another very enjoyable listen that had angst, humor, snappy banter, interesting secondary characters, secrets, surprises, a stray 'John Doe' dog, lust which is quickly acted on, sex, a nice slow to develop romance between two damaged hearts and the healing power of love.

    Worth a credit? A smoothly written very entertaining Contemporary romance about a Playboy/Thief whose eventual character growth redeemed him thanks to a feisty Lawyer who, in turn, eventually exorcised the Demons from her past thanks to the love and support of a reformed Thief. Could be a stand-alone listen but it does refer to the couple from the previous book and the narration was good. So, YES, IMO, a credit well used.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Captured by the Pirate Laird: Highland Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amy Jarecki
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse - until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire. Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

    Nicole Laverdure says: "A captivating Scottish adventure!"
    "A VERY ENJOYABLE EASY-GOING HIGHLAND FLING"
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    Anne, now a Baroness, was just a pawn forced into a Proxy marriage to a stranger who's much much older than herself and once on board the Galleon the Flying Swan her whole life was about to change.... in more ways than she ever expected in 1559 England. When Calum, the handsome Scottish Pirate and Laird to his Clan, seized the Flying Swan he got more than the food and plunder he was expecting when he broke down a locked door and came face to face with a beautiful knife wielding highborn English Lady.

    A very entertaining listen involving loveable characters, a Hero and Heroine whose doomed attraction and mutual sexual chemistry unfortunately had to be fought every day but it got harder and harder as time went on but the price would be too great if either one gave in to their ever growing mutual desire and lust. With an evil English Baron carrying out the political atrocities on Scottish lands and their people and there's torture, twisted revenge and an inevitable bloody battle between the oppressor and the oppressed.

    A word of warning.... this is pure fiction and probably not historically correct and you've got to overlook little errors in the use of word such as duvets!

    Worth a credit? A most enjoyable easy-going love story until the last few nail-biting chapters when a Laird's honor was no match for evil blood-lust. However, I thought the Narrator's English accent was way too over the top Upper Class British but all his Scottish characters had brogues that were easily distinguished between each one and the Hero's voice was very sexy. So, YES an entertaining and creditworthy listen.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Favor: A Save the Date Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Cara Connelly
    • Narrated By Mona Brewster
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In her deliciously sexy debut, Cara Connelly gives a whole new meaning to crashing a wedding. Tyrell Brown wanted to get the hell out of Houston and back to his ranch. Instead, he's stuck on a flight to France for his best friend's wedding. To top it off, he discovers he's sharing a seat with Victoria Westin, the blue-eyed, stiletto-heeled lawyer who's been a thorn in his side for months. Victoria can't believe it! How can she be at the same wedding as this long, lean cowboy with a killer smile?

    CAROLYN says: "LOVE SLOWLY GREW FROM ANGER, LOATHING & PAIN"
    "LOVE SLOWLY GREW FROM ANGER, LOATHING & PAIN"
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    As I was mentally going back over this humorous listen in order to write a review I realized just how much it actually contained and how much the character's personalities changed, overcame obstacles and grew so I adjusted my star rating to 5 stars because it was so addictive, enjoyable and it left me with that 'feel good' feeling.

    This is a well written humorous tale of sworn bitter enemies being forced into a 'pretend' relationship which leads to resentments, humor, some funny scenes, snappy dialogue, angst and their inevitable sexual attraction and the fall-out their romance causes for all concerned. There are lots of sub plots involving a domineering Mother, a cheating ex Fiancé, a horse, scandal, career suicide, life altering changes, with many complex secondary characters, cold feet and memories of the past that must finally be put to rest before they can ever hope to get their HEA ending.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a witty bitter-sweet love story between a drool-worthy Alpha Texan Cowboy with a lot of attitude problems and a mild and misguided Heroine who finds both her self-confidence and the love of her life.... then this book is for you. I loved it and think it's definitely worth a credit and the Narrator did a great job with all the many voices needed to make this such an entertaining listen.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Immortal: Fallen Angels, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    This is a world where sin and salvation collide. This is a world where a cynical fallen angel struggles with the seven deadly sins and seven chosen souls. With the spellbinding Immortal, the riveting series that "changed the face of paranormal romance" comes to an epic close as mankind's reluctant savior struggles with his greatest challenge yet.

    Bonnie says: "Great ending to fantastic series"
    "7 SOULS & ALL THE ENDS ARE NICELY TIED UP HERE"
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    Oh, Jim Jim Jim our loveable Hero and Saviour sadly we have to say a fond farewell to you and all the other well loved characters including Dog, the Archangels, Eddie and Adrian in this, the finale, to what has been an action-packed series... you will all be missed. We've witnessed 5 souls reaching their crossroads, 5 flags won and the battle of good vs. evil rages on with the fate of the world resting in one Immortal's hands.

    J R Ward has delivered yet another very imaginative, addictive and brilliant story that has suspense, humor, snappy dialogue, romance, lots of plot twists, sex (milder than other books) forgiveness, miracles and plenty of drama. Davina, the wicked Queen Demon with her O.C.D. shoe fetish, was just so funny but she still doesn't change her evil plans and her all consuming desire for Jim. But this is mainly about Jim and Sissy and what they have to go through to finally get their HEA ending. But there's a hint that we haven't seen the last of Adrian and Eddie as their new mission could involve Lassiter from the epic BDB series.

    Worth a credit? For all of you who, like me, have loved each and every book in this series then you know already what my answer is going to be..... a well deserved YES. A standing ovation not only goes to J R Ward but also to Eric G Dove's narration who skilfully created the atmosphere, the emotions and brought to life all the characters from mere words.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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