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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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  • Close Remembrance: The Krinar Chronicles: Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (194)

    The stunning conclusion to the critically acclaimed series that has won thousands of fans! When a ruthless enemy finally strikes, Mia and Korum will face the biggest test of their relationship yet. But it's Korum's own secrets that may ultimately tear them apart. From the beaches of Costa Rica to a planet in a distant galaxy, theirs is a love story that may change the world...

    RaeMisha says: "Passionate and Intense Romance"
    "PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME THERE'S MORE BEING WRITTEN"
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    Well a HEA ending to beat all other HEA endings but what Korum and Mia had to endure in order to finally get there is out of this world - literally.

    At last we hear Korum's POV and what an amazing, gifted, loveable, drool-worthy, sexy, sweetie he has turned out to be as everything he does, he does for his love of Mia. They have truly grown as a couple who are deeply in love despite the obstacles of memory loss, a K traitor, the battle in the arena and meeting the all powerful Elders for a life changing decision. As they travel from NYC, Costa Rica and eventually the Krinard home planet the gifted author infuses the action-packed storyline with plot twists, genius inventions, paints a new world which is richly described in great detail and entwines it all in a very hot, romantic, passionate and truly exceptional love story that has overcome so much, including attitude and species differences, and I'm sure it's a love that will stand the test of time.

    My one slight complaint is that the whole series would have been even better if it had been spoken by the same narrator and a more competent one too.

    Worth a credit? I have lived with this series for some time now loving all it's many good and bad characters together with their highs and lows so I've been truly emotionally thrilled, chilled, captivated, enthralled and The Krinar Chronicles have deeply moved me so I am very sorry to have to say goodbye.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted: Ethan Frost, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tracy Wolff
    • Narrated By Tess Chalmers
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He's rich, gorgeous, powerful, and one of the most eligible bachelors in the world. But that's not why I'm with him. I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me, the way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

    CAROLYN says: "I WAS ADDICTED TO EVERY EMOTIONAL WORD"
    "I WAS ADDICTED TO EVERY EMOTIONAL WORD"
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    Well, it's one shock after another with this listen as Ethan's involvement in Chloe's past comes back to haunt him and causes further hurt, mind blowing devastation and jaw dropping twists. There's so much pain over betrayal, anguish over forgiveness, joy over reuniting, hot sex over their raw feelings and then crashing despair over a final bitter truth.

    Ethan and Chloe have an obsessive, overwhelming and all consuming love for each other (as well as a hot sexual relationship) but secrets that are kept back means that can these two ever learn to trust again. There's once again a roller coaster of pain, heartache, unity, tender touching words, followed by words of betrayal and shame but always there's words of love.... but sometimes the wound cuts too deep to heal.... and then words are not enough.

    Worth a credit? Oh, this is so expertly written as the joy, pain and raw emotions are felt by the listener and, once again, this is told from Chloe's POV (except the Epilogue) and the narration was great. It is a happy ending, no cliffhanger, but the story will continue in Exposed (due May) when we get to hear how Ethan exacts his revenge. This drama filled listen was a very addictive, a just one more chapter listen and YES very worthy of a credit or buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyler's Undoing: A Gloves Off Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By L.P. Dover
    • Narrated By Lauren Sweet
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    For the past couple of years, Tyler Rushing has been known as one of the UFC's most memorable and sexy heavyweight fighters. Now he has the chance to win the title and claim the fame he so deserves. He has everything he could ever want until Kacey Andrews walks through the door of his gym, wanting nothing to do with him. Keeping his eyes off of her is a challenge; there's an innocence about her that draws him to her, and he's not going to stop until he makes her his.

    CAROLYN says: "A HOT NEW MMA SERIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS"
    "A HOT NEW MMA SERIES YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS"
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    Tyler's a handsome, fit and sexy MMA Fighter happy with where he's at in life - he's just won another fight, he's getting ready for the 'big' fight and he has a different girl each night - ahhh life was good. However, when he spots a new girl in his Father's Gym he's drawn to her but the blonde beauty brushes him off so he's intrigued, aroused and the challenge is on. Kacey wants nothing to do with any arrogant womanising Fighters they're all the same, they're like her badass Brother and his friends. She doesn't want to be just another 'conquest' but slowly Tyler proves that he's different with her and he grows up, mends his wicked ways and Kacey starts to trust him. But should HE trust Kacey because she's holding back a terrible secret.... one that will cause hurt, pain and the devastation of their new relationship.

    Arrrgh, why do they hold back secrets until it's too late, well duh I know the answer is to add drama but it's just so frustrating to keep thinking "tell him now", "oh this is a good time", "quick tell him before it's too late" and then the inevitable "oh shit, see I told you to tell him". So yes, there's plenty of angst and drama provided by the secret, jealousies, an ex girlfriend and the Brother and his evil friends from Hell. But there's also some nice characters, some great twists, a loss, danger and a sweet love story that's got lots of hot sexy scenes and tender words.

    Worth a credit? A very enjoyable listen told from dual POV's by a good narrator so YES if you're looking for a hot MMA listen with a sexy hero and a confused heroine who brings out his caring side then you too will find this listen worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite Trouble: Iron Horse MC, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Mayburn
    • Narrated By Andy E. Ross, Stephanie Wyles
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Before I met Smoke, I'd never been kissed - really kissed - by a man, let alone a biker sex god bent on taking my virginity and my heart. I got dragged into the deadly world of the Iron Horse MC by my crazy twin sister, who is engaged to the club's president, and my even crazier mom, who cares only about herself. Smoke has been assigned by the club to keep me safe even though he's everything of which I should be afraid.

    CAROLYN says: "H.H.HOT ROMANCE, MC DRAMA & I LOVED EVERY MINUTE"
    "H.H.HOT ROMANCE, MC DRAMA & I LOVED EVERY MINUTE"
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    When Smoke is told to secretly watch Storm by the President of the Iron Horse MC he becomes obsessed by her so by the time they finally meet the tattooed, pierced, hot as hell and very Alpha Sargent At Arms is already half in love with her. But it's when Storm is kidnapped and then her life is threatened by the Russia's that Smoke's protective caring side kicks in, he doesn't want to let her out of his sight and is desperate to keep her safe. Then jealousy and possessiveness is added to his feelings so when he realises Storm has a painful reaction when being touched by some people he's all too happy to tell everyone to back off from HIS property.

    Storm's a no nonsense waitress, a never really been kissed virgin with 'issues', she's had an unusual tough upbringing and she's been sheltered which makes her mild natured but when riled up she speaks her mind and isn't afraid to kicks ass. Her world comes crashing down after she's kidnapped and, when rescued, she's told her twin sister and Mother are missing, the Russians are after them all and that she is now under the protection of the Iron Horse MC.... and in particular the leather clad Biker sex God called Smoke.

    Sparks fly, tension builds, the mystery thickens, clues are unearthed which leads to more questions, the plot twists and all the time Smoke is claiming Storm and introducing her to the pleasures of some hot sex (which includes toys, talk of BDSM and more). A grab you from the start new MC listen with it's interesting colorful members and the plot's building which will hopefully become an explosive MUST HAVE second book. Because this is a 'to be continued' listen, not quite a cliffhanger, but just as annoying.

    Worth a credit? I thought this was an action-packed, addictive, just one more chapter listen, mainly told from Storm's POV but there are a few chapters from Smoke's POV too. With a romance that builds sweetly, a mysterious plot that's nicely unfurling, and a loveable H/H who are drooling for each other but what makes this a great listen is the dual narration. Because the male narrator says the male voices and the female narrates the female voices and this, in my opinion, is when dual narrators really work well and Andy Ross' deep voice was so smouldering and sexy. Definitely worth a credit or a buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire and the Virgin: Billionaires and Bridesmaids, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté. Raised by her grandmother, she'd rather go to bingo than go dancing. But when she's asked to be a bridesmaid in her friend Bronte's destination wedding, she finds herself venturing into new and exciting territory. The wedding is set on the billionaire groom's private island, and Marjorie is fascinated by all the new people she meets. Most fascinating of all is the man she saves from almost drowning in the blue waters of the island lagoon.

    cheryl bubeck says: "Good read"
    "TIMID VIRGIN SHAKES HANDSOME PLAYBOY'S WORLD"
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    Nice easy-going contemporary romance with a little angst. Powerful bad boy Billionaire who has a reputation for 'nail n bail' is suddenly rescued by an angel..... one he can't stop thinking/lusting/romancing over. His angel is a shy, sweet, timid virgin who gets out of her depth with him fast. But he's holding back big secrets that he knows will totally destroy their relationship and it's only a matter of time before the cat's out of the bag and the shit's hitting the fan.

    It's a predictable but enjoyable listen told from both POV's there's romance, passion, humor, sex, f bombs, drama, character growth, a dilemma and a heartfelt HEA but, for me, the narration was a bit too 'girlie' which made the heroine sound like a teenager.

    Worth a credit? If you're in the mood for a light romance then look no further and YES creditworthy. This series follows on from the Billionaire Boys Club as there are all the characters from that series attending the wedding but it's absolutely not necessary to listen to those first.... it's just nice to catch up with them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Conquest: Bonded by Blood Vampire Chronicles, Book 1

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Arial Burnz
    • Narrated By David Monteath
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Stewart Glen, Scotland – 1514. Masked in a Gypsy guise, Broderick MacDougal hides his vampiric identity while seeking to destroy the man who slaughtered his family. When an old Clan rival ensnares Broderick in a trap using an enticing widow, he is compelled to discover if she is bait or an accomplice, and the cinnamon-haired beauty is his next conquest. Widow of an abusive husband, Davina Stewart-Russell clings to the only image that gave her strength during those dark times - the Gypsy rogue who stole her heart as a youth. After nine years, she is finally face-to-face with him again, but reality clashes with fantasy as she is confronted with Broderick's passionate pursuit.

    CAROLYN says: "IT WAS LIKE A BIG MAC..FILLING BUT NOT SUBSTANTIAL"
    "IT WAS LIKE A BIG MAC..FILLING BUT NOT SUBSTANTIAL"
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    This book should have worked for me.... handsome kilt wearing Scottish Vampire, a narrator who really did accents well including Spanish and French and a plot that was entertaining. But it just didn't WOW me and I wasn't desperately drawn back to the listen unlike other books. The characters were all interesting with a couple of villains but the sex scenes were very tame and I didn't really feel the chemistry between Broderick and Davina.

    Worth a credit? Yes it was enjoyable enough but I don't think I'll be carrying on with this series. It also says this is Abridged which may account for some unanswered questions but it sounded like the full length version to me and I wouldn't have wanted it to have carried on for longer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Alex Bloch
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Caleb Drake never got over his first love. Not when he got married. Not when she got married. When life suddenly comes full circle, Caleb must decide how far he is willing to go to get the aloof and alluring Olivia Kaspen back. But for every action in life there is a consequence, and soon Caleb finds out that sometimes love comes at an unbearably high price.

    Kindle Customer says: "Amazing"
    "A LOVE STORY THAT'S ALL TRAGEDY & TEARS"
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    I've had a dilemma with this trilogy right from the start... it's very well written with it's intricate web of lies, secrets and manipulations and it's many twists and shocking revelations which are so well done. However, I don't want to be depressed all the way through a listen especially this final one - even the ending and Epilogue was sad and I felt cheated. But, I don't want to put any of you off that can handle or enjoy this type of book by giving it a low star rating..... it's just me.... I prefer a lighter listen.

    Now we get to hear the story from Caleb's POV - again told in many flashbacks then back to the present day with it's continuation of the heartbreaking story of two people who are soul mates and deeply obsessively in love with each other. But reluctance or circumstances are never in their favor to be in the right place in their lives to stay together..... until finally it takes a terrible tragedy to bring them together. There's plenty of drama, buckets of heartache, twists, lies, revelations, one slight sex scene and some very moving tender words.

    Worth a credit? Purely for my tastes NO but if you like an emotional, dark and twisted love story then this is certainly for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Red

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Luci Christian
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Leah Smith finally has everything she has ever wanted. Except she doesn't. Her marriage feels more like a loan than a lifelong commitment, and the image she has worked so hard to build is fraying before her eyes. With a new role and a past full of secrets, Leah must decide how far she is willing to go to keep what she has stolen.

    CAROLYN says: "MORE OF THE SAME..LIES, SECRETS & HEARTACHE"
    "MORE OF THE SAME..LIES, SECRETS & HEARTACHE"
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    The same story plus more told from Leah's perspective in constant flashbacks and then back to the brutal reality of what price her lies, secrets and manipulation is having on her marriage to Caleb. Never showing him her true selfish nature which is only revealed after the birth of their daughter. And Caleb is forever torn between the decisions he made, the actions he took, the present situation and the love he can't ever forget.

    More shocking twists, revelations and spite filled words but Caleb's longing for Olivia has never ceased and is only getting worse and how far will he go to reclaim his lost love and the other half of his soul. I guess I'll find out in book 3 because there's no HEA in this tragic tale.

    Worth a credit? It's very well written but, for me, it's too much of a tragedy, I wish I hadn't started this Trilogy so NO but I've already downloaded book 3 so I'll see it through to the bitter end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Opportunist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Tarryn Fisher
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend Caleb Drake has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back.

    CAROLYN says: "STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
    "STAR CROSSED LOVE...BUT FATE WASN'T IN A GOOD MOOD"
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    This is an emotional train wreck of a love story which alternates in flashbacks to College years when Caleb and Olivia first meet and the cold aloof persona Olivia takes when being pursued by Caleb. This is due to her nightmare upbringing which has left her with 'issues' that not even Caleb can overcome. And also their Class differences - a handsome rich Jock and a poor uptight Virgin. It's constantly flashing forward/back in time telling a story of obsessive love and the lengths and depths Olivia and Leah (his present day girlfriend) sink to in order to keep Caleb.

    The only person I felt truly sorry for was Caleb as there was always someone pulling his strings with secrets, lies, manipulation and hidden agendas all of her own. Both girls/women were 'me me me' bitches until the end when one of them finally grew a conscience, made the ultimate sacrifice and walked away..... for love. And then it turns out Caleb too had lied.

    The story spans years, is full of angst, twists and regrets and I felt so angry, sad and bad for the lost opportunities that Olivia and Caleb had squandered with the naïveté of youth, pride, jealousy, anger, hurt feelings or just bad timings. They fought instead of neutered, struck out instead of hugged and withheld instead of shared. There's no real passion, or romance, or sex but longing looks and the sense of their soul deep connection...... until the end when the selfless sacrifice was made too late.

    Told from Olivia's POV by a fairly good narrator.

    Worth a credit? Mmmm that's a difficult question, it's an enjoyable but frustrating YA/NA romance that goes on to become a vicious poisonous web of lies and deceit by all parties as they mature and grow and I'll have to download the remaining books to find the elusive HEA. I gave it 4 stars because it was well written, unpredictable and somehow addictive, but it didn't give me, or leave me, with that feel good feeling.... it was a tragedy. So you decide - are you in the mood for Romeo and Juliet?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Luca's Magic Embrace: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kym Grosso
    • Narrated By Ryan West
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Sexy vampire Luca Macquarie doesn't do love; especially not with humans. Yet ever since he rescued Samantha Irving, he can't deny the enigmatic attraction he's developed for the alluring mortal woman. Concerned for her safety, he's determined to bring Samantha back to her coven. His mission is to go find the novice witch and bring her home, nothing more, nothing less; falling for her is not supposed to be part of the plan.

    cherylM says: "Still going strong"
    "SUPERNATURAL SUSPENSE, ACTION & LOTS OF STEAM"
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    This is an action packed paranormal love story, whether the action is with Vampires, Werewolves, Witches and Mortals or the hot n very heavy kind.... it's relentless with passion, mystery and magic. This follows on from book 1 and, as newly turned witch Samantha tries to come to terms with her new abilities and what had happened to her, the gorgeous Australia Vampire Luca is there ready to help her and he's already just escaped a near deadly enslavement of his own so he knows how she feels.

    However, just when things seemed to be hotting up between the unlikely pair they were brought crashing down to Earth by a fire, a mysterious supernatural and a threat to find a very powerful but missing Amulet. And then the clues, intrigue, suspense, twists, action and revelations keep coming and so too does Luca and Samantha in their many, and sexy, love scenes. A mixed bag of sexy supernatural secondary characters, some are loveable, some are dark and dangerous and some are mysterious and I'm sure there's a book just waiting to be written with their names on it. We get to hear how Kade and Sydney are doing too.

    Told from various POV's but mainly from Samantha and Luca's and Ryan West's ability to change accents, nationalities and emotions with his narration, together with Kym Grosso's worldbuilding, is what made this a very worthy 4 star listen.

    Worth a credit? An enjoyable and entertaining paranormal love story that had it all.... so YES creditworthy and the Epilogue has me eagerly waiting for Werewolf Tristan's transformation from a rich and carefree playboy to a mated pampered pooch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Hammer: Inferno Motorcycle Club Series # 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sabrina Paige
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Betrayed by the MC he once loved, mourning the brutal murder of his wife, Joe "Hammer" Holder is just trying to hang on to the pieces of his life. He swore he would never fall in love again--until Meia. Meia belongs to another man--a human trafficker with unlimited political connections and power, who ensures her loyalty by holding someone she loves in his grasp. Love is not part of Meia's destiny--until Hammer.

    CAROLYN says: "UM, WELL I REALLY TRIED.. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN DARK"
    "UM, WELL I REALLY TRIED.. BUT IT WAS SO DAMN DARK"
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    Sorry, but this was way way too dark and depressing for me and it hardly featured the Inferno MC at all so can't be classified as an MC listen in any way. Joe was still mourning the loss of his wife and now, 2 years on, his daughter is starting to be a problem too. Meia has had a tough life so far - captured, taken into slavery and taught to become a high priced whore and, with her unusual Asian looks, she was a very lucrative asset. But her handler was abusive, jealous, very greedy and held something over Meia's head to make her amenable to all his wishes.

    This listen was dark and disturbing and was full of depression, despair, anguish, depravity, suffering, hate, rage, mourning and suicidal thoughts. By the time the romance eventually kicked in (about chapter 22) I too was feeling the despair, depression and anguish. I never felt any chemistry between the H/H and the author could have included some happy scenes towards the end like Meia being introduced to his daughter, the daughter seeing her horse for the first time, the proposal, their marriage, the children's first meeting etc etc etc but no, zilch, nada, nothing.... just overlooked and glossed over. 85% pain and suffering, 5% romance, 5% action and 5% of an Epilogue which whipped through 2 years of what happened after the rescue.

    Dual POV's, but even the great narration couldn't warm me to this listen.

    Worth a credit? No way, and at the end of this book it rounds up the news from other couples from the series so I think this may be the last one which is handy because I wouldn't buy/use a credit on another one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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