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It was very disjointed and barely held the original plot by a thread. This is NOT an intellectual challenge to read and there is plenty of hotness.
When it comes to passion this hot, it's all or nothing.
Olivia Townsend's wealthy cousin Marissa had everything a girl could ask for - a great job, a privileged life, and all the friends she wanted. Or, at least, all the friends money could buy. But one case of mistaken identity has turned her privileged world upside down.
An abduction gone wrong lands her right in the lap of the sexiest, most dangerous man she's ever met. To Marissa, he's an enigma, but one to whom she's irresistibly, inexplicably drawn.
With him comes a new world of freedom and passion, of dark shadows and dangerous secrets, a world where nothing is what it seems - except for the blind passion that Marissa can't escape - or maybe even survive.
This could probably be a stand alone book because there was barely any mention of the original characters and plot. Also, the Cash and Nash got confusing and I think even the author got confused who was being referenced.
Adequate Not Fantastic
NOTE: Strong language and mature themes
Mystery man by Kristen Ashley
I began this book with some trepidation as I thoroughly enjoyed KA Colorado series - from that I went to the Rock Chick series – which were a completely different style of writing, plots and other changes. It reminded me of Janet Evanovich and her series about Stephanie Plum. It was good, just not what I expected or desired.
The mystery man series seems to be more like the light version of KA Colorado. I am still digesting it and trying to figure out my true feelings.
Here's what I have decided. I liked it, it kept my interest and was sexy with a plot. I'm not going to rush and redeem credits for by the rest of the series but they will remain on my WishList if they come up in the sale.
The narration was good.
Notes: mature themes and strong language
Credit worthy/$: Try the first in the series. I deem it creditworthy and once you've listened you can make your own decision about the rest of the series.
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In the second installment of the series we are focused on Ethan, his past and it the similarities to young Seth.
Grace is a young mother who is doing any job she can to make a life for her young daughter. She is the housekeeper at the family home (Ethan and brothers) by day & barmaid/waitress by night.
Grace and Ethan have known each other forever and she has always had a thing for him & him for her. Ethan doesn't want to think about Grace, as she is quite a bit younger than him. This is a great romance story.
However, it is much more than a simple romance – actually complex romance. Much of the focus is on Ethan's life before he met the Quinn family and they rescued him from a horrible past. But because of that past he does not believe he is deserving or can care or love anyone.
Great narration – feminine female, male toddler, 12-year-old & elderly man are all done with near perfection.
I absolutely love this series. I just bought the last two!.
Notes: Description of sex, few cusses, the subject of child molestation runs throughout the book as characters try to deal with past.
Credit worthy/$ : Absolutely on either. I can to continue with the series but at the same time I want to take my time because I don't want to series to and. Does that make sense?
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When I saw this download was only 52 minutes long I didn't expect much much. Wow! Was I wrong? This super condensed (time wise) murder mystery was packed with action and adventure in a way that was not at all rushed.
The narrator did a fantastic job and kept the story going not only because it was well-written but because it was performed well. Two thumbs up!
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Given that scenario, I am rarely interested in follow-up books based on the story. I really was impressed with this recording both as a story and the narration – I will be looking for more titles by this author & performances by this narrator.
Notes: Murder mystery
Credit worthy/$: I wouldn't waste a credit on this but would certainly consider purchasing it.
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When I saw the title and the book jacket I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never listened to this narrator for rent this author before. It turns out that Dating in the Dark is literally what the book is about.
30 year old , vertically challenged man is seeking a date. He's no prize to look at-almost anyone will do, he tried speed dating (no one even responded) dating friends friends, etc. but has NO LUCK. So he signs up with an agency focused on dating for the disabled. He decides that he's short - a "disability" sorta, but buys a pair a dark glasses.
He meets a lovely lady who is blind and is interested in a date with him. After ONE date he really thinks this could go somewhere. However he is stuck in his "lie" of not been disabled. So a challenging set of events occur as he tells his friends and they tried to help him come clean. That while he is vertically challenged, he is NOT blind.
It was charming, fun and light without being too girly. I think a guy would like listening to this for the banter and the challenge, as well.
The narrator was very good. Perfect for the material written.
Notes: Some strong language
Credit worthy/$:* I was fortunate enough to have been offered the book in exchange for my review* which you are now reading.
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I love Julie Garwood and am always excited to listen to a book by her. This one had me in its grips, just enough romance, mystery and action… Great stuff! Then at about the midway point it just got silly. Not even the normal cookie-cutter alpha male and delicate female, I have no other word and silly.
Don't hold this review against the author. However there are many more of her books both historical and contemporary, that are a lot of fun, dramatic etc. Look into her Hotshot series for contemporary and almost any of her historical have received four stars from me for story and overall.
Tanya Eby does an adequate job with the material given – it is performed as a story instead of the narrator trying to jump into different roles.
Notes: A few racy scenes in the boudoir
Credit worthy/$: I would not use a credit nor pay full price for this Julie Garwood I'm pretty sure I got this on sale-either paid outright or if it was a 2 for 1 credit opportunity.
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Fiction, fact or anything in between. It is all here... the agreements, slights, etc. For me it was interesting look at a political party inside of the political part, in this case, the democratic national party.
The two power couples have their highs and lows and in betweens. Follow Edward Klein's tipsters & former staff, as he relates a tale of national and worldwide interest while explaining from his "sources" what was really going on behind the scenes.
It is full of questions and answers that one would never have even considered. I'm like the armchair quarterback having watched the game and seeing how it could also played out differently, if only.
From loyalty, unspoken spoken, to expectations HRC was presumed Democratic Party she suddenly is upstaged by a younger, articulate (when the teleprompters are rolling *smiles*,) chants of hope and change that leaves her wondering what happened..
It was interesting to me and on occasion I could say to myself 'yeah that explains what happened.'
Narration was average to engaged
Notes: A few bad words
Creditworthy/$: I don't know, got it for $5 and am happy
Set in the 1960s this is a book about a child who grows up quickly in a fatherless home at times and then some nefarious things happen leading her to a life far away from Mississippi.
In the story or writing similar to 'The Help' or the later chapters of Caine River, on a more personal and darker side, I really enjoyed listening.
My one small complaint is that the timeline of the book did not match the timeline of the period in which the story was told.
Their arson modern things pointed out that were not available during the 60s. Other than that it was excellent and enjoyed it.
The narration was admirable and easy to listen to. The southern accent was believable and exemplary exemplary
Notes: Some graphic scenes
Credit worthy/$: Yes, this book is worth a credit. *I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for the, the opinion and this review.* I'd BUY it on sale.
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Underlying Anger Frustration Of A Man X3
Perhaps I am a bit naïve in my life experience, but I'm not sure of the purpose of a collection of this sort.
Story #1 To Build a Helicopter: is about a man was listening to his ex-girlfriend entertaining two other men in the next room, while he is prepping cocaine while playing with Legos? I understand the angst of his situation from a relationship standpoint but could not see where the Lego proportion came in
Story #2 The Meaning of Words – this one made a bit more sense, especially as it closed. There is a man is "stalking" a hairdresser. It is full of descriptions. The end is a twist that caught me off guard.
Story #3: Shots and Strippers as the publishers summary recounts night in the life of a party kid. It did show the content of one of the party goers character. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my opinions, thoughts & this review.*
I appreciated Joe DiNozzi's performance. It was professional and as personable as the book of short stories would allow. I would like to hear more of his work and believe he could do a great job with whatever material he was given to perform
Notes: strong language, descriptions of nudity
Credit worthy/$: To me this not credit worthy. It is less than an hour long and the current price is $3.95. If you want to get a taste of Jim Haskett and/or Joe DiNozzi
So this is it... the final book in the series, or is it?
Colton & Rylee finally break through the walls of their separate issues that are keeping them apart.
However, Colton has a bad accident that takes his memory away, selectively. Rylee goes through her own physical trauma.
There is a lot of crying which turned me off because I am not of the thought that crying men are sensitive and emotional. I kept yelling, "Man up dude!"
Just what I was starting to get bored with the story (it had slowed) we finally get the real, deep down reason that has kept Colton from loving anyone but the Rylee his entire life.
Colton's past is very graphic and disturbing, if I give any more of a description then it would be a spoiler. Besides all of the crying that came before and after, it was a really dramatic moment and as I said very graphic and disturbing.
The end seems to tie up all of the loose strings. However, I noticed that there is a fourth book that has recently been released. The description sounds like #4 is redundant. I doubt I'll purchase it (unless it's super cheap.)
The narrators are great! As you may have read in my previous review I enjoyed the male and female trade-offs of two narrators. I think that it brought another good dimension to the listening experience. I appreciate each of the narrators and have listen to them separately, however in this series I prefer the dual narration
Notes: Strong language, descriptions of sex (including rape)
Credit worthy/$: Yes & yes. But you must listen to them in order so that you can follow the characters and the story line easier.
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When I read the description for this book it sounded like an exciting thriller-comparable to Indiana Jones. A man inherits from his grandfather and the 'storyline' – according to the summary - of adventure and all that goes with it.
I'm not sure, but maybe this is a young adult book. It certainly had that feel to me as I was listening. It sounded like the old book series "choose your own adventure" in which you would read along and then at the end of the chapter you had a choice between which way to go and the ultimate ending. You could read it again and decide other paths, with different alternatives, choose the direction and have an alternate ending.
It wasn't really what I expected based on the summary.
James Conlan is great and does a wonderful job in telling the story. I was not distracted as a male narrator speaking the female character. That is something that happens too often - but this performance was very good.
Notes: Nothing to warn about here
Creditworthy/$: This would be a no for me on both accounts. It is relatively short – four hours. If you are interested in this style book, or for a Young Adult, I would recommend buying it out right as it is less expensive than using a credit.
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