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HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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  • Bonds of Desire: Wicked Play, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Emily Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (146)

    Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den - despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another dom. Yet he can't deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees - if Allie will stay, too. The chemistry between the trio prompts Allie and Tyler to agree to submit to Seth for one week, and he'll show them both the true pleasure that a dom can provide.

    karen says: "Love Heat and Trust x3"
    "AnotherGreat installment in the Wicked Play Series"
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    If you could sum up Bonds of Desire in three words, what would they be?

    Edgy, Hot & Sexy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bonds of Desire?

    The opening scenes are pretty violent and NOT for the faint of heart. However, the first meeting of Seth, Tyler & Allison at Seth's house AFTER sets the tempo for the rest of the book. This book is one of the most intriguing and stimulating I've read.

    Lawyer Allison English never planned to return to The Den - despite her naughty fantasies about being bound by owner Seth Matthews. But when club guest Tyler Wysong is injured in a scene, Seth turns to Allie for help. Aroused by both men, Allie should turn the case down. But she can't....

    After his bad experience, Tyler has no interest in being with another dom. Yet he can't deny his attraction to Master Seth. When Seth offers him a place to stay, Tyler agrees - if Allie will stay, too. But what good is a chaperone who adds to his temptation?

    Living with two subs brings out Seth's protective instincts, though Allie insists she's not into the lifestyle, and Tyler swears he's done with it. But the chemistry between the trio prompts them to agree to submit to him for one week, and he'll show them both the true pleasure that a dom can provide.

    The intimacy could break them all, or bind them together forever....

    ©2013 Lynda Aicher (P)2013 Audible, Inc.


    What does Emily Caldwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a great job and brings reality to the book through her narration. She gives each character their own, individual voice.


    Any additional comments?

    This contains explicit scenes with mature themes. There is both M/F, M/M & M/M/F intimacy.

    Strong language & violent descriptions.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (811)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis says: "Not the Norm"
    "More Paranormal Than I Like (I Like None) But A..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, get rid of the whole 'reality' of the paranormal. It would have been a great book based on folklore & legend - the characters researching the history of the house would have been able to come to similar ending. All the weirdness of living characters bodies being taken over by people from the past - and the super creepy ending - made this a two star read.


    What three words best describe James Daniels and Sandra Burr ’s voice?

    I found them o.k.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought this at $5 less sale. I would not have bought it had I known about the paranormal element.

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Determined to restore Manet Hall to its former splendor, Declan begins the daunting renovation room by room, relying on his own labor and skills. But the days spent in total isolation in the empty house take a toll. He is seeing visions of days from a century past, and experiencing sensations of terror and nearly unbearable grief - sensations not his own, but those of a stranger. Local legend has it that the house is haunted, and with every passing day Declan's belief in the ghostly presence grows.

    Only the companionship of the alluring Angelina Simone can distract him from the mysterious happenings in the house, but Angelina too has her own surprising connection to Manet Hall - a connection that will help Declan uncover a secret that's been buried for a hundred years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    Overall
    (2002)
    Performance
    (1774)
    Story
    (1794)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming The Dark Knight Rises, lent her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thomas M Clifford says: "In Time for the Holiday.Give the GIFT of a STORY!"
    "Free Gift From Audible - Thanks!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure, it is a classic fairy tale. The performance was average. I appreciate the gift from Audible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "Another Great Thriller - Mystery From Sandra Brown"
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    Where does Deadline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a solid book. I listen to a lot of books so it is hard to rank - I'll definitely listen to it again.

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Soon, Dawson is covering the disappearance and presumed murder of former Marine Jeremy Wesson, the biological son of the pair of terrorists who remain on the FBI's Most Wanted list. As Dawson delves into the story, he finds himself developing feelings for Wesson's ex-wife, Amelia, and her two young sons. But when Amelia's nanny turns up dead, the case takes a stunning new turn, with Dawson himself becoming a suspect. Haunted by his own demons, Dawson takes up the chase for the notorious outlaws...and the secret, startling truth about himself


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deadline?

    The end - she-bang! I'll say no more because I hate spoilers...and don't want to give anything away.


    What aspect of Stephen Lang’s performance would you have changed?

    I liked the sound of Stephen Lang's voice... a bit faster pace would have made it perfect!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No one specific, there were several pivotal moments that turned the story on its head and took the story in an unexpected direction. There were moments of action, romance, suspense, mystery and every emotion.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a 'creditworthy' book...complex and page turning book. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternally Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Pete Ohms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Attorney Syneda Walters and fellow attorney Clayton Madaris are just friends…the last two people likely to end up as lovers. Syneda holds all men at arm's length because of the father whose name she never knew. Clayton has always been a playboy, and no woman has ever come close to keeping his interest for very long. Things suddenly heat up between them when Syneda impulsively accepts Clayton's invitation to join him for a Florida vacation, and is shocked by how much passion she feels.

    Sheba D'Vine says: "The Player vs. His Match!!"
    "Sweet Story-Definitely Fiction/Fantasy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Definitely Probably not, this was an average, predictable plot-a bit juvenile. The author's every (16 year old's) dreamy, romantic detail was here...weddings, a man taking woman on shopping trips, out to eat, flower deliveries, a Whitney Houston performance, etc.

    The book was just o.k. it wasn't bad but not great - there are A LOT more books I'd recommend before this.

    Friends…

    Attorney Syneda Walters and fellow attorney Clayton Madaris are just friends…the last two people likely to end up as lovers. Syneda holds all men at arm's length because of the father whose name she never knew. Clayton has always been a playboy, and no woman has ever come close to keeping his interest for very long.

    ...or Lovers?

    Things suddenly heat up between them when Syneda impulsively accepts Clayton's invitation to join him for a Florida vacation, and is shocked by how much passion she feels. To Clayton, Syneda has become a temptation he cannot resist…and the woman he wants to share the rest of his life with. But getting her to trust again means finding a way to heal old wounds and convincing her, with all his heart, that she will always be eternally his.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I'm not sure. It was a nice, predictable story about friends who become attracted to one another. I got this on sale for less than $5 - however, after listening I'm not interested in purchasing the rest of the series.


    What didn’t you like about Pete Ohms’s performance?

    He was SO SLOW. I was able to get through ONLY because I listened at double speed (2X).


    Any additional comments?

    Nice, innocent romance book. Nothing over the top or descriptive... NOTE: I do NOT recommend purchasing this book UNLESS your audio device has the ability to play at 1.5 or 2X speed. You will go mad listening at regular speed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kissing in the Dark: Grayson Brothers Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core.

    DARA says: "Do They Make Men Like This Anymore???"
    "What a Fantastic Series! I Want More!"
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    What did you love best about Kissing in the Dark?

    I like that this is set in post Civil War American. I've read a lot of historical romances but they are usually set in [today's] Europe.

    A woman with a hidden past. To protect her, he must risk everything…his badge…his heart.

    Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith.

    But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core. He built his life and career on a foundation of fierce integrity, and his marriage to Faith is based on trust and a love deeper than any he has ever known.

    As Duke uncovers her secrets and former life, the truth about his wife rocks their new marriage. Can he forgive Faith and put everything on the line—his badge, his family, his heart—to save their marriage and protect the woman he loves?


    What other book might you compare Kissing in the Dark to and why?

    There are none that I've come across yet. However, some other historical writers I like are Jennifer Ashley & Hannah Howell.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was fine, not great, not bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVE this series. It is a bit tamer than I usually choose but it is a nice change. I look forward to more work from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Colters' Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Lauren Wilder fell for the wrong man, trusted the wrong man, and she paid a very dear price for it. Now broken and wounded, she's retreated to the bosom of the Colter family and the unshakeable love and support they offer. But the man she once loved and trusted is not without his own power, and he'll use every bit of his money and resources to make sure he gets Lauren back, no matter whom he destroys doing it. Liam and Noah were hired by Lauren's brother to watch over her. But with danger looming, they head to the Colorado mountains - where Lauren has found temporary sanctuary.

    Denise says: "Good but I wanted More!"
    "The Series Got Better & Less Creepy Toward The End"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Maya Banks? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! The series got better & less creepy toward the end...it began with 3 brothers sharing a wife (eeeew) but got infinitely better. Other great books are the Breathless Series, Sweet Series - she also has a great historical series The Montgomerys and Armstrongs & action in KGI Series.

    I'm not a fan of shifter/sci-fi so I haven't listened to any of those.

    Summary:

    Lauren Wilder fell for the wrong man, trusted the wrong man, and she paid a very dear price for it. Now broken and wounded, she's retreated to the bosom of the Colter family and the unshakeable love and support they offer. But the man she once loved and trusted is not without his own power, and he'll use every bit of his money and resources to make sure he gets Lauren back, no matter whom he destroys doing it.

    Liam and Noah were hired by Lauren's brother to watch over her. But with danger looming, they head to the Colorado mountains - where Lauren has found temporary sanctuary. In her wounded eyes, Liam and Noah see the woman she once was - and could be again. They’re determined to show her everything a man can be - someone who will love her, cherish her, satisfy her, and when the time comes, put their very lives on the line for her.


    What does Freddie Bates bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I've grown to really like Freddie Bates. He gives each man a separate 'voice' and his female characters are well done as well.


    Any additional comments?

    Sure...the plot was a bit weak, but I don't always listen for a complex story. *wink* This is like chocolate...no nutritional value but AWFULLY good.

    For mature listeners as there is strong language and some descriptions of intimacy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lips that Touch Mine: Grayson Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (34)

    Saloon owner Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier, and considers her temperance crusade to shut down his noisy tavern nothing more than a game. While matching wits with the beautiful, aloof widow, he uncovers her torturous secrets that shock him to the core. Her pain affects him deeply. He wants to free Claire from her self-imposed prison, but she guards her heart with a gun and memories she can’t forget. As the battle intensifies, so do their feelings for each other. Their unexpected friendship changes the game—and also Boyd. Can he disarm Claire with his love and show her he is a man worthy of her trust…and her love?

    DARA says: "Series Keeps Getting Better & Better"
    "This Series is Enjoyable-But Book is Repetitious"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A bit more editing...I feel like many authors think their readers dense and need to remind us every few minutes about the characters circumstances. Wendy Lindstrom seems to have fallen into this habit in this book.

    Give your readers a bit of credit, we are pretty sharp and can remember the reasons why the heroine and hero are in their situation. Edit a half an hour or so of the 'reminders'...your readers will appreciate it and it won't take away from an otherwise good story.

    Claire's preaching got tedious, but that may have been the repetition - again.

    A charming rogue…an abused woman. She greeted him with her gun—he disarmed her with his love.

    Saloon owner Boyd Grayson is intrigued by his new neighbor, Claire Ashier, and considers her temperance crusade to shut down his noisy tavern nothing more than a game.

    While matching wits with the beautiful, aloof widow, he uncovers her torturous secrets that shock him to the core. Her pain affects him deeply. He wants to free Claire from her self-imposed prison, but she guards her heart with a gun and memories she can’t forget.

    As the battle intensifies, so do their feelings for each other. Their unexpected friendship changes the game—and also Boyd. Can he disarm Claire with his love and show her he is a man worthy of her trust…and her love?


    What three words best describe Julia Motyka’s performance?

    Solid, rich & steady


    Any additional comments?

    I may have been a bit tough in my review but I HATE the feeling that the author is writing to a word count instead of just telling the story. This is a solid book* and I'll listen again.

    *I'm listening to the next in the series and the 'magic' of the first book is back!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Longing: Grayson Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love. The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor's daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father's death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn't think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    DARA says: "Love Those Rugged Grayson Men!"
    "More of the Grayson Brothers - Good Series"
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    Would you try another book from Wendy Lindstrom and/or Julia Motyka?

    Sure, this is a solid work and I've downloaded the entire series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was good to hear Kyle's story especially as he lost out in the marriage department in the previous book.

    A marriage of convenience…and intoxicating desire. He would show her every shade of love.

    The last thing sawmill owner Kyle Grayson wants is a marriage of convenience, but a stroke of rotten luck leads him straight to the altar with his competitor’s daughter, Amelia. Burdened by guilt over his part in her father’s death and an intoxicating desire for his new wife, Kyle doesn’t think things can get worse - until his beautiful bride refuses to consummate their vows.

    Amelia’s struggle to hide her emotional wounds brings out the protector in Kyle, drawing them into a spirited romance neither anticipates. As they unravel a mystery at the mill and their own conflicted feelings, unexpected secrets threaten to shatter their fragile marriage. But Kyle is determined to fan the flames of their fiery attraction and show his reluctant bride every facet of their undeniable passion - and his love.


    Did Julia Motyka do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, she is an above average performer. Each character has their own voice - the only drawback is that she is slow and makes the story drag a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a nice series. I really enjoyed the first book -Shades of Honor- more, perhaps because it was a bit racier.

    I recommend this series as 'creditworthy' with confidence.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (82)

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Tiffany says: "I love Marian Keyes"
    "Much Darker Than the Other Walsh Sister's Stories"
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Marian Keyes has written hilarious (while touching on serious topics) tales about the 5 Walsh sisters and their Mammy! This story is about Helen, the youngest. In the 4 other stories we see Helen as a confident, meddling, self absorbed (in a funny way) little sister - focused on how her sister's predicament affects HER.

    This story is about a totally different Helen. There was never any hint of the desperation revealed in this story. It wasn't bad, just much more serious and dark than I've come to expect from the Walsh sisters.

    The story would have been more 'enjoyable' if there was less time spent on descriptions of interior design & other insignificant detail and more of the clever humor and cheeky sarcasm in previous novels.

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Marian Keyes’s newest novel is a charming, bittersweet story about a woman trying to work her way back from the depths of despair.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Ehhh...this was not as fast paced or 'page turning' as previous work. I was invested but not so much that I wanted to race to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading 'The Mystery of Mercy Close' I read an article in The Daily Mail by Keyes written in 2012. It seems much Helen's story is autobiographical and/or projection from Keyes own life. This may explain WHY it is so much darker than her previous work...she wrote it AFTER suffering a nervous breakdown, buying a suicide kit (described exactly as that in Helen's story), etc.

    This was a good read and while I'm disappointed that Helen was SO different than I expected-I understand that Marian Keyes was in a much different place when writing this.

    I enjoy her earlier works as they are a bit more light-hearted but still touch on serious matters like alcoholism, depression, etc. Don't miss Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday and the other Walsh sisters stories.

    Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married & Last Chance Saloon are fantastic and what got me started with Keyes. Hilarity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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