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Maria

Citrus Heights, CA, United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 222 reviews
  • 1828 ratings
  • 1978 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2018
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  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1016)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (873)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Chrystal says: "Great Story"
    "A New Author for Me."
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    A fantastic first book in a new series. The opening chapter hooks one immediately and doesn't let go till the end.
    Even though I guessed early on who the perpetrator may be it still was a very good finish.
    Give this book a read, a lil gruesome in certain areas but that adds to the mystique of the finish.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Demon Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    >"Reah, this is Commander Aris." Bel moved aside, once we were inside the spacious office, and I received my first look at the outpost Commander. He stared at me for moments as I stood before him. I was so frightened I was afraid I'd burst into tears. He was a lion of a man with thick, shoulder-length, dark gold hair swept back from his forehead. He didn't stand as his rank dictated, otherwise I think he would have dwarfed Bel, whom I thought was quite tall.

    Amazon Customer says: "Wow"
    "Low rating because of Cliffhanger"
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    I wish when the synopsis of a book is written the warning of a cliffhanger is given. I was totally shocked when the reader said "the end." I went what?? No way....sure enough it was the end, with nothing, I mean nothing resolved.
    The story premise is interesting, the introduction of our heroines mother's family was brought in to explain her transformation, then they were suddenly dropped, another unresolved issue. The book left me disappointed and frustrated and I feel a total waste of hours listening to have no closure to any of the plots.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrificed to the Dragon: Stonefire Dragons Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jessie Donovan
    • Narrated By Matthew Lloyd Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (858)

    In exchange for a vial of dragon's blood to save her brother's life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He's tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There's only one problem - he hates humans.

    bluestategirl says: "Hey Dragon Man!"
    "Boring....nothing but mating"
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    I am still trying to figure out the point of this book. Yes she got the dragon blood for her brother, and yes she was made pregnant by the dragon shifter, and yes she became his mate.
    The protagonist were some dragon hunters.....but there wasn't much there, only one incidence of them because of some silly teenagers on a dare.

    That is the whole story. She had the babies, and they lived happily ever after. Don't even know if her brother got healed, and her parents weren't there for the birth of their grandchildren.....missing so much.

    Boring!

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Few Are Angels : Few Are Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Inger Iversen
    • Narrated By Jelayna Rose
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she's lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she's lost her sanity as well.

    Karen A Rogers says: "Excellent Story and Narrative"
    "Couldn't Finish"
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    After all the build up about this book I was totally dismayed by the naivete of the heroine. Past life reincarnation can be done beautifully but this one was told in a mish mash of fractures, never really getting a full picture or a reasonable explanation of cause and effect. I gave up at chapter 16 out of 36. Maybe it got better but I got bored with no clear direction of where the story was headed. The narrator wasn't the best, can you say run on sentences, I was hoping she knew what a period was indicative of, however she ran on, and on.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (931)

    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.

    Deedra says: "Great Narration"
    "WTF??? No Ending, not even a cliff hanger."
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    If you like your books with 90% sex and 10% plot development....(notice I said development) then this book is for you. Nothing but endless sex, from masturbation to BDSM....yeah it has all that under the guise of protecting his lil virgin from some evil men, (a rival MC Club??) to finding a missing mother, and an identical twin who went to find her. This is the gist of the story, do we find the mother.....NO.....do we find the twin....No...the book ends with him, telling her survivalist parents he intends to marry her....the end. And this is the end for me....I will not purchase the next book in this lame series.

    5 of 10 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
    (94)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    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.

    Maria says: "Not as Good as 1st Book"
    "Not as Good as 1st Book"
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    I don't know what all the hype is about this book. I think the H was a jerk. He totally had no honor and didn't keep any of his promises to let the heroine return home after she cured his brother. His reasons for keeping her were totally selfish, and he treated her badly. Whenever she would fight back, he would call her deceitful and continue to keep her prisoner, despite the fact he was keeping secrets himself.
    The plot was interesting and I can see how it will tie in with the next book in the series, but the H in this one is a lose, lose for me. I didn't find him likeable at all. To be honest, I can't imagine the heroine being in love with him, not after knowing him for all of two days. He was her first lover, I believe she is suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. D. Trosper
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

    Ashley Fontainne says: "A Magical Journey"
    "Fantastic Writing and Story Telling!"
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    WOW...just let me say it again....WOW!!! I love dragon stories, but this one, is just AWESOME. The characters are so fleshed out and introduced with such an attention to detail that I never once got lost. Each one was unique and their abilities was so well suited to their personalities.The story is slowly built up; had me holding my breath at what was coming and it did not disappoint. You get to see the story from the POV of the characters and the dragons, it is so intricately woven that you don't even realize what is happening.
    Of course there is Evil and you even get to see the story from their POV as well, which was very different, normally the Evil is just that mindlessly evil, not this time, its Evil, very Evil and can easily suck you in.
    Even though the ending was more than satisfactory, ( the battle) you know there is more to come. I believe this is a trilogy.

    Totally worth a credit. I am downloading the second book now!

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3574)
    Performance
    (3285)
    Story
    (3281)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Amber says: "Interesting series start, narration annoyed me."
    "A Pure Delight!"
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    What a new concept, an Inn for paranormals to stay, during their travels. A sentient Inn which is also considered neutral ground and a sanctuary. So any intergalactic or non intergalactic guest can stay here.The story opens with the death of a 3rd dog in the neighborhood. The deaths are vicious, with the animals being eviscerated. Dina is our heroine and Sean is our reluctant Hero, who is also a former Navy seal and a shifter, and is very ignorant of his world, and Arland a vampire who has the makings of being another love interest for Dina.
    The world building is unique, presently the inn only has one guest, and she is quite scary. There is also a back story regarding the Inns and Dina's parents, that I am hoping will be further explored in the next book.
    My favorite character though was Dina's dog, a lil shi tzu name Beast! LOL This was a fun, engaging book and with some LOL moments.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Without Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (260)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (240)

    Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

    Yvette says: "WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!"
    "Not a Great Female Role Model"
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    I enjoyed the first book in this series. However, Chris and Izzy did not push any buttons for me. Chris was a total jerk to Izzy throughout the entire book. Izzy was a very immature, naive person. Having parents who only tolerated her existence until at age 16 she left home and they didn't bother looking for her. She has lived a very insular existence with her computers as her companions. She is a total genius when it comes to creating programs and hacking into secure systems. Everyone wants her except Chris. She continually has sex with him, he pushes her away, then goes to her for more sex, after all she is his mate.
    The book was too long....it dragged in places. Very lil action until the end of the book.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Wolf: After the Crash, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maddy Barone
    • Narrated By Clementine Cage
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Carla is an up and coming country music star when she boards a plane for Denver in the year 2014. After the plane crashes in the year 2064 she learns that nuclear war destroyed technology and unleashed a plague that devastated the female population. Even now, decades after the plague has dwindled to isolated outbreaks, women are precious commodities to be fought for, and Carla finds herself offered as the prize in a Bride Fight.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great start to a smexy shifter series"
    "Eh! Could have been better."
    Overall
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    The premise of the story is a very good one. However, this story is not very well developed at all. It left a lot of questions and nothing in the new world was explained as to what had happened, there was no mention of a centralized government, or even a local one, just seemed as if there were a lot of cabals with each one with their own laws of governance. I Know there are several stories about the other girls captured but I would suspect it is from their point of view of their new lives. I don't think I will continue with the series, this one was meh!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2223)
    Performance
    (2039)
    Story
    (2033)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Zeny says: "So Happy I Found E.J. Copperman"
    "A Nice Mystery"
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    Although I guessed who was behind the murders, and who wanted the deed, the story was still interesting. A great beginning to a new series. Its nice to have friends, ghost friends that is, Maxie made me laugh out loud. However, poor Paul, serious, down to earth, (what an oxymoron) guy he was, so serious about his profession really captured my heart. This is is one of those stories that you can listen to with your kids in the car.
    Amanda Ronconi did a fantastic job narrating the story.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful

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