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  • Lying and Kissing: Kissing Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Helena Newbury
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (180)

    I am out of my depth. Yesterday I was just a CIA languages geek, safe behind a desk. I thought I wanted a taste of the action. Then I met him: Luka, an arms dealer in the Russian Mafia. A man who'll kill to get what he wants. And he wants me. Now I'm on a plane to Moscow with orders to "accidentally" run into Luka again. Seduce him. Sleep with him. I can't control myself when I'm near him. And if he finds out who I really am, I'm dead.

    Stacey says: "The cover was HOT!!! The book was "Luca" Warm."
    "The cover was HOT!!! The book was "Luca" Warm."
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    In a market flooded with all types of Russian Mob Boss Romances, you have one chance to impress. The man on the cover—totally believable. Beginning of the story was plausible and believable. The little tidbits Arianna offers to the reader by indicating how the CIA nudges “common man” made me laugh and was smartly written. Getting into the story was not a problem. I was intrigued by the main characters—Arianna & Luca.

    Yet, as time wove on, I began to wonder. The story became implausible as the story continued. There were no more little notes to the reader about how the CIA operates. There was only angst (really whining) about how she is a bad person for lying to the admitted Russian Mobster. She was supposed to have a telegraphic memory, yet admitted that she couldn’t remember things--like how to fight with handguns. She decides that it is better to have control over illegal gun movement into the US than some other guy for ethical reasons.

    If I am invested, that means I want the story. Don’t dress this story up to be a mobster with a heart of gold. Illegal Activity is immoral and either she is okay with it or she isn’t. Arianna lied to Luca, a who is supposed to be the meanest of people, yet, he takes her back because she was “doing her job”.

    In the beginning of the story, I didn’t mind that she was into a mobster. I could go with it and wondered how it turned out. I just have an issue with the author trying to make this story into some kind of feel good HEA story where Arianna is eventually right and still holistic. The constant whining about being a liar got old pretty quickly. Their role-play was trite and ill-conceived. I was not turned on by the CIA Agent/ Mobster boss sex play. If you are going to do this, bring in your “A” Game—the one is this book is trite and cheap--"C" worthy. I actually started laughing when he mentioned he found a “code book” in her clothing as one his arguments for punishing her in the scene.

    Helen Newberry can write and I would give her another try. I don’t think this ending is the one she really wanted to tell. The narrator was really good too. I like it hot and good. This was lukewarm and ok. I may try the next in the series, but I am not wasting a credit on a book that I found poorly carried out.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mia & Korum: The Complete Krinar Chronicles Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Roberto Scarlato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (228)

    Five years in the future, humans are no longer the most advanced species. Earth is ruled by the Krinar, a beautiful, mysterious race from another galaxy. A shy and inexperienced college student, Mia Stalis has never had much interaction with the invaders - until one fateful meeting in Central Park changes everything. Having caught Korum's eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who will do anything to possess her...even take away her freedom.

    Stacey says: "Mia & Korum Sitting in a Tree..."
    "Mia & Korum Sitting in a Tree..."
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    I must confess that I was excited by the deal with 30 hours of pure heavenly listening. What a deal! Yet, unlike other readers, I found that my interest piqued with second half of the book two and book all of three. This story was a decent listen.

    Korum used bullying to get what he wanted and used less than moral (by our standards) means of doing so. He didn't have to abide by human laws so he did what he liked. Korum is not without a devastating sex appeal. He is ardent, arrogant, and demanding. He knows what he wants and makes it a duty to tell Mia what she needs—ALL THE TIME!!!! I have a problem with a man telling a young lady that she must do as she is told. It felt like she was under lock and key. She could not visit her family or leave when she wanted to. I was understandably sympathetic to Mia and her choices. She is 21, has saved her virginity, and has led a sheltered life. Now she’s being forced to be with a man who she doesn’t know well--Let alone his autocratic ways. She eventually betrays Korum. But since he has done nothing but take a young, innocent adult, and confine her, how could Korum be hurt at her betrayal in book one? (It’s Juicy) The only time he really gained my trust was in book two when he told her she could leave and he would let her. She then really had a choice to stay or leave. Prior to that he was a D*%#head!

    The real problem I have with this book and romances in general is that the woman HAS to be virginal, the guy is a master in the bed! What I REALLY had a problem with was—the constant misinformation. No matter how it is done, having an orgasm the first time one has sex with well-endowed man (let alone alien) an orgasm is the last thing one should expect. He never checked on her, or took his time to make things easier. His member is larger than human males, so unless he has a Prince Albert, or extra massager on him, this is just unrealistic—never-mind ‘mind shattering’!

    I was a little taken aback by the preachiness of the book. I love meat! I will not stop eating meat! I will add more vegetables, but come on—vegan? That was a turn-off. Despite my rant, I liked the world the authors built. The description of the Great Panic, how the change in stewardship in the government and country helped me connect to the K.

    All-in-all, I enjoyed this story and plan to read these authors again. Roberto Scarlato was an decent narrator--just slow reader. I have found that this book is creative gut-wrenching storytelling. I am not a professional reviewer. I purchased this book with my own money. I am just trying to write a good review to help others decide if they should purchase this book.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Silence Fallen: A Mercy Thompson Novel, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King, George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4633)
    Performance
    (4307)
    Story
    (4296)

    Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form Mercy escapes - only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe. Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which.

    bluestategirl says: "BAD PENGUIN."
    "Paging Dr. Matt Smith...Solid Series Addition!"
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    What a treat. We FINALLY get to hear what some of the men in Mercy's life are thinking! This is a sound kick-ass book that adds to the Mercy Universe.

    WARNING!!! The story unfolds in a nonlinear fashion so it jumps around a little and you must pay attention. This book that sucks you in revisits the time when Mercy was unclaimed and constantly underestimated. Her allies are still in place, but the pack is too far for her to make a connections. Mercy does what she does best--Kick Booty (unless she's playing a pirate game with the pack).

    From waking in a strange room where she has to run a werewolf over with a bus. To brining a ghost into being, and thwarting a Golem and Vampire, and Kill off an enemy Seethe, Mercy does it all. I've always considered Mercy to be a strong, resilient and crafty heroine! This proves it!

    Many readers did not like the reading of this book because of the narrators. I saw Mercy's thoughts of their speech patterns as her interpretation, not how Adam & Co talked. Yet, Adam (& Matt Smith) are integral parts of this book. It was nice to see exactly how the men thought of Mercy and how they saw & tackled their roles. They both have very important roles to play in this book.

    I did not get the whole 'Matt Smith' angle until the end, but the clues are there! I love the new setting for this series. Filled with a great plot and lots of layers. I'll listen to it multiple times.

    I purchased this book. I am writing this review to help others decide if they want to buy it. I hope this review has helped you.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Alpha Takes Tameka: (BWWM Interracial Shifter Romance)

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By R.L. Ish
    • Narrated By Destiny Wilson
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    I was just trying to make some money. I've been grinding at this babysitting gig for years now. I figured now that I'm 20, maybe I can move on to something more professional. Then everything went to hell. Babysitting for the gorgeous Karl Hampton one night, the news came on. Something about a wolf running around our quiet suburb. Things only got more crazy from there.

    A'Kasha says: "Disappointed"
    "Woah There...."
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    Why is it that most BWWM covers seem like two different photos of the protagonists thrown together haphazardly? Destiny Wilson sounds so much like Audrey Lusk, I am sure they are the same. There is nothing funny or even amusing about the narrator's reading. She sounds like some stuffy woman that tries to poorly enunciate the way she thinks Black People talk. The story was not that good either. It's under $3.00, but I urge you to keep it.

    I purchased this book with my own money and have tried to write an honest review that will help others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • What I Wanted: The Marine Short Story Book Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Veronica Maxim
    • Narrated By Jodi Hockinson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    My heart had always done funny things around Dawson when we were teenagers, but I never knew if I was his type. And now, after all this time, he's back from Afghanistan. And boy has he filled out. When his dad put me in charge, I knew that working with him at the ranch this summer could be tense. I had no idea just how heated things would get.

    charws says: "Love is blind"
    "Longer"
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    This story was really sweet. I would like it to be longer. The one sex scene was hot, but shorts like this one needs less story and more sex or tell the whole story and make the story worthwhile to purchase. Veronica Maxim has a great and poetic writing voice--I'd like to see a longer book from her. Jodi Hockinson did a credible Southern Accent. Stories like this one, though, need two narrators.

    I paid for this book and am writing this review to help others decide whether to purchase or not. I hope this has helped you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spiral of Need: Mercury Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1990)
    Performance
    (1824)
    Story
    (1817)

    Ally Marshall isn't just a wolf shifter - she's a Seer. But a girl doesn't exactly need special powers to know that Derren Hudson despises her entire kind. Disdain practically rolls off the Beta of the Mercury Pack... disdain mixed with a healthy dose of desire. And no matter how much the ruggedly handsome male appeals to her, this is one call of the wild she's determined to ignore.

    CAROLYN says: "FULL OF ACTION, HEAT & GRRREAT CHARACTERS"
    "Drama is Such a Turn off!"
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    This books is filled with 'skanks', bi***es, jealous spiteful women--ALL quotes from the book. This is how the women talk about other women. I love Suzanne Wright. This was just not very sexy. The drama between the women was more important than almost getting murdered. On top of that alpha's talking to other alphas rudely, the inability of wolves to understand each other, or even intuit lies makes no sense.

    Worst line, "I'm an Alpha and you're a Beta. That means I am more." How do packs let other people walk onto their land and challenge pack members.

    The sex was great and energetic and hot, and the price was great! Just not enough to counteract the lack of a good quality story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Deal: Prof Croft, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Brad Magnarella
    • Narrated By James Patrick Cronin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (307)

    Everson Croft here, professor of mythology and nervous as sin. Tonight's the night I tell Caroline the truth: about my feelings, my magic, everything. So why am I surprised when Detective Vega calls me to a new case? An elusive creature is chewing up residents in a housing project run by rival gangs. One more mangled body and the place will explode into warfare. Problem is, someone's protecting the killer.

    Stacey says: "Dude, smarten up! Gets hurt way too much for me."
    "Dude, smarten up! Gets hurt way too much for me."
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    As always, James Patrick Cronin always does an excellent job with narration.

    There was definitely a great ride with adventure, magic, suspense, and even love! As usual, Everson finds himself embroiled in multiple investigations at one time. On one hand, he's trying to help Detective Vega! On the other, he gets lured into making poor deals. I kept asking myself why he hadn't shored up his inventory to be prepared for meetings with Arnaud, the vampire. It just makes no sense to me. (If I go where bad stuff is about to happen, I prepare.) He never prepares and seems to get lucky instead of skilled. He keeps getting his ass kicked. Is he supposed to be a young learner or just incompetent???? Why walk into the lair of a vampire who has almost bested you and tried to rob you without prep????

    The matter of Caroline, who has long held a place in Everson's heart, becomes part of an intersecting puzzle. Croft leaves her BY HERSELF with a man she DOES NOT TRUST when on their first date!!!!!!!!! (Definitely a Beta Male) Only Beta male would leave someone he REALLY likes by herself and not physically check in on her to see if she is ok. (This idiot keeps calling).


    There are plenty of injuries for Everson (as usual) and lots of that push--exhaustion--pain. This to me, is just plain annoying. He seems like a bumbling idiot at the mercy of everyone else. Come on, when are we going to see him as better--it's been 10 years since he got 'owned' by the incubus. When does he win some confrontations?

    It may seem like I did not enjoy this book, I did. I just enjoy my male leads a little smarter and less of the butt of every confrontation. I enjoyed the new, wholly original characters that cropped up. I am not sure that I liked that there were times that various forces caused Everson's magic to be grounded or weak so that he was not invincible--it's like he hasn't gotten better from the last book. The lore of his world is also expanding with new creatures, demon types, potions, etc. Despite that he gets hurt too much, and makes poor decisions, the story felt fresh and honest. In addition, I love the the intrigue and intersection of events with exquisite conclusion.

    I purchased this book. I am writing to inform other readers of my thoughts. I hope this review has helped you.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Menage: All Night Rodeo

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Kathleen Hope
    • Narrated By Lion Queen
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    "You still don't know, do you?" Michael's eyes met hers, his fiery gaze searching for the answer. "Don't know what?" Julia replied. But as she spoke, Michael's hand reached the top of her thigh and he hovered there. Julia wasn't sure what possessed her in that moment, but she didn't pull away. Instead, she spread her thighs slightly - just enough to let Michael know that she didn't want him to stop. She'd never been so bold in her life, encouraging a near-stranger like this in the middle of an empty field.

    Stacey says: "Disappointing..."
    "Disappointing..."
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    This book spends too much time on the set-up. It's 46 minutes and only 7 minutes of this includes actual sex with her men! What's up with that??? The premise is great, but for a quickie, too much time on the set-up. I love the narrator's voice, but she fails to enunciate at places. This makes the book a turn off. Pass it by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Billionaires BDSM Club: The Complete Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lena Foxworth
    • Narrated By Sara Dunham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Billionaires BDSM Club is the story of Elizabeth's journey through the seven stages of admission. For each billionaire, she must give up her identity and become his personal plaything, submitting to his personal kinks until all seven are satisfied. Only then will she be able to access riches beyond her wildest dreams. But will she be able to endure the journey ahead?

    Stacey says: "Jury is still out..."
    "Jury is still out..."
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    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It certainly has its sexy moments. There are also some cringe-worthy moments. Here is the synopsis.

    A poor woman answers an ad for a a free bottle of perfume where she has to take a survey. Because she is a virgin and poor, she is invited to become the concubine of seven men. Each one has the name of a color. For each night she spends with the man of that color, she has a corresponding name. For Mr. Blue, her name is Sapphire--Mr. Red, her name is Scarlett--and so on. If she makes it through the entire week, she can pick and choose a career or lifestyle she wants.

    I was intrigued by the idea, but some of the nights, I just cringed. This made it hard to get into the book itself. Because if I am gong to imagine myself int he place of the heroine, I want her to enjoy the moments she takes on. One night she spends in a brothel- - and only makes 160 pounds and is made to service Mr. Yellow, in public, who is a sadistic coward--as his color implies. Yet, the author shows her growth where she stands up for herself, gains a friend, and even falls in love. There is definitely growth and courage in this woman.

    The narrator rocks. Great voice, good pronunciation and quality sound is evident here.
    See why I am torn? I am just not sure I want to listen to this book again. I did enjoy it and I recoiled at moments. However, I am not sure I can, in good faith, recommend spending a credit on this. I bought it on sale. Lena Foxworth is definitely a writer to watch--intense violent moments, tender loving ones as well. I apologize for being on the fence here, but I tried to give an honest review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wrong Man in My Mouth: A Wife Share MFM Threesome Story with Double Penetration

    • UNABRIDGED (25 mins)
    • By Dawn Devore
    • Narrated By Lacy Laurel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    It was a very sexy but innocent mistake. I woke up late at night, and I wasn't familiar with my husband's best friend's house. So I crawled back into bed, but instead of crawling into the right bed, I ended up in his best friend's bed. It wasn't until my mouth was on his c-ck that we figured it out. Everyone had a good laugh at my embarrassing mistake, but then things took a different turn.

    Stacey says: "Not really sexy at all"
    "Not really sexy at all"
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    I listened to this thinking it would a quick and dirty fantasy. I like the narrator, but the writing is just awful. I like the idea of this as a fantasy but the author just couldn't make this fantasy work for me. Lots of simple sentences. Pass it by.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Memoirs: Grunge

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Larry Correia, John Ringo
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4558)
    Performance
    (4258)
    Story
    (4246)

    When marine private Oliver Chadwick Gardenier is killed in the marine barrack bombing in Beirut, somebody who might be Saint Peter gives him a choice: Go to heaven, which, while nice, might be a little boring, or return to earth. The Boss has a mission for him, and he's to look for a sign. He's a marine: He'll choose the mission. Unfortunately, the sign he's to look for is "57". Which, given the food services contract in Bethesda Hospital, creates some difficulty. Eventually it appears that God's will is for Chad to join a group called Monster Hunters International.

    KP says: "Definitely Not Correia"
    "I should have listened to the reviews"
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    I was soooo desperate for MHI, that I bought this book even after reading the reviews. My first question after listening--Why is this guy even a hunter? Self-important hack! Men who talk about themselves like this, bragging about their exploits, and never having a problems are people I do not like and are not as good at they purport themselves to be and their size???? Don't make me laugh. Two inches equating to 150 miles is only legitimate on a map Ollie. Two minutes equating to two hours is only legitimate in a book.

    There were some humorous times--Getting all C's, Baby Killer episode. There were some interesting times, Yetti exploration and the tale of the Sheriff & the spider problem,

    I just don't buy that this is MHI material. And this dickhead is not a "hero". Men who ring their own bells and never acknowledge others' hard work are losers. Our MHI heroes are fallible, honest, and worthy of respect. I don't know how much of this is John Ringo, but Mr. Correia, I want your voice if I am expected to buy anymore of these books.

    Our heroes are NOT self-important, "sex-gods" who do everything. There are humble men and women who work hard and care about humanity and make mistakes. When will we hear about some women? And are they going to have to be Puritan Women who do not embrace their sexuality or is that grace only for men like this pathetic man? Has John even read MHI books? Ae his books filled with these kinds of characters? Don't care how much Ringo paid to be on your books, lose him, or you probably will lose me.

    By the way, ASVAB & MEPS are pronounced as words, not letters.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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