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  • Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves - which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago. Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel - and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her stretch far beyond gratitude.

    Twitterpated says: "Narrator ruined it for me"
    "Narrator ruined it for me"
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    It's been a while since the last Hard Ink book was released in audio format, so I was a bit lost in the beginning of this story. I had a hard time remembering the details of what went before. Probably should have re-read the last book before I started this one.

    Anyway, then we're told it's only been a week since Sara and Shane met. The story just didn't seem to flow very well. The writing is very uneven. Grammar and sentence structure were awful.

    Combine the bad writing with the terrible narration by Seraphine Valentine and it makes you want to scream. Her voice and inflection are just all wrong. It was just a very painful experience to listen to this story.

    It seems like there are fewer and fewer good narrators these days. And it's hard to tell by the audio samples provided sometimes. I hope the audiobook industry does a better job comes up with some better narrators soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerously Bound: Dangerous, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Eden Bradley
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Allie LeClair has finally returned to the sultry city of New Orleans. After 10 years of studying and working as a pastry chef in San Francisco and all over Europe - and feeding her submissive side at BDSM clubs - Allie is home, and she has something to prove to the man who once fueled her desires. She's not a child anymore. When security specialist Mick Reid hears that Allie is back in town, he knows he won't be able to stay away for long. Ever since he discovered his darker side, Mick has tried to protect Allie from the aggressive beast within him - but that power and wildness is exactly what she wants.

    Amazon Customer says: "very fitting book title"
    "Yawn!"
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    This story had potential, but it just didn't draw me in or engage me in any way. I think the narration was part of the problem. Tatiana Sokolov (a/k/a Tanya Eby) has done some halfway decent work in other books, but she was really bad in this one.

    The plot was so predictable. The story takes place in New Orleans. The main characters, Allie and Mick were high school sweethearts, but when Mick went away to college, the romance ended. Then they had one very hot hook up during college. They both still love each other, but Mick is too deep in his own self-loathing to want a relationship with Allie. He got involved in BDSM and was a highly-trained dominant. Plus he is into underground fighting, too, as a way to vent his anger.

    Meanwhile, Allie is living all over the world learning to become a pastry chef. She also got into BDSM (as a "perfect" submissive). Allie returns to New Orleans after she inherits a house from a relative, and at this point, you can probably write the rest of story yourself.

    The sex scenes were supposed to be hot, but honestly I didn't get the slightest tingle from any of them. Part of it was the narration, but they just fell flat for every time.

    Waste of a credit (I am going to return it after the review gets posted); definitely not worth paying cash either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss Me Like This: The Morrisons

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Kiss Me like This is the first audiobook in a new-adult contemporary romance series about the Morrisons by New York Times best-selling author Bella Andre.

    Max Connors says: "Not the Sullivans"
    "A real disappointment"
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    I really loved the Sullivan series, so I thought I'd try this book. It didn't take long to realize that I should have paid attention to the description "new-adult" series.

    New-adult is obviously the new industry term for "young adult" (meaning late teens, early 20's).

    New adult (notice no hyphen) means a new series suitable for adults.

    This story took bits and pieces of all The Sullivan books and watered them down for a young adult readership. The characters in the Morrison family are similar to the Sullivans, so I imagine that the future installments of this series will just be more watered down Sullivan wannabes.

    I won't be buying anymore books in this series even though I like Bella Andre.

    On a final note, Eva Kaminsky does a really good job as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Jacked Up: Rough Riders Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Keely McKay knows Jack - and Jack Donohue is a certified pain in her Wranglers. Keely needs another man giving her orders like she needs a hole in her boot. What she does need is a restoration specialist so she can open her physical therapy clinic. His price? Act the part of his loving fiancée. Their sizzling lust makes it all too easy to go from butting heads to knocking boots - but outside the bedroom they're as mismatched as ever. Now Jack and Keely must face the fact they're not fooling anyone but themselves - or risk losing the real deal.

    Twitterpated says: "Least favorite of series so far"
    "Least favorite of series so far"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There was a part of the story where Jack was trying to win a contract to restore an historical building in Utah. He lost the bid over "moral issues". Ultimately this ends up causing a huge fight between Keely and Jack. This seemed like a real ploy in the storyline and just didn't work for me. Also the scene towards the end when Keely's 5 brothers bring Jack to her at a campsite and then her father shows up.........I don't know. I wish LJ would have written some better material in these scenes (and a few others as well).


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

    This just felt like a rough draft to me. I would give it a very thorough edit and rewrite in some crucial areas. Keely's character was fairly well developed, but Jack's character still needed some fleshing out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rebecca Estrella’s performances?

    Rebecca Estrella is one of the WORST narrators in the audiobook market. The only reason why I am hanging in there with the Rough Riders series is because I love the characters. Otherwise, she is pure torture.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I'm not a big fan of romances that have a lot of conflict in them to the point where the couple is constantly fighting and making up (or having "angry sex", etc.). While some conflict is necessary to put some tension and reality into a romance novel, a story like All Jacked Up had a little too much conflict in it for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    The McKay family is getting so big. It would be nice if one of the future books would have a prologue or something that named all the couples and their kids (or maybe LJ could put a McKay/West family tree on her website). It's very frustrating not remembering all the kids' names. I'd have to go back and start over with book #1 and read them all again in order to make my own family tree. Not sure I'd be able to stand listening to Rebecca Estrella all over again for that project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (118)

    Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: To pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side.

    Lynda C says: "22+ hours are not enough!"
    "Think I'm burning out on KA"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I've been KA fan for a while and listened to everything by her that's available on Audible. Her books are becoming formulaic to me. Although this was as good a story as almost any of the other ones she's written, I think that's exactly the trouble - they are all pretty much the same story.


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

    I'm getting tired of all her heroes and heroines being drop dead gorgeous, multi-orgasmic and usually pretty wealthy, too. I realize these are romantic escapism novels to the extreme, but I always end up feeling totally inadequate as a woman after listening to one of her books.

    She also uses words/phrases repeatedly. For example, she's always saying that someone is "folding in/out of their car" - it was original the first 100 times I heard it in her other books.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Emma Taylor's male main character voice is very annoying. So neanderthal. The female characters' voices were great. She utilizes all kinds of accents, from British to elderly Southern black women. She might not be the right reader for a book told from multiple POV's.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    On DVD maybe, but not in a theater.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm still a fan, but I think when the next installment of this series becomes available, I'll wait a while before downloading it. I need to listen to other genres for a while.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Try: Temptation Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

    Lee Todd says: "oh yeah"
    "Uh.....no."
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    What would have made Try better?

    My main complaint was the narrator. Just way over the top. His voice for Tate sounded like an old man. Logan's voice was okay. The narration during almost all the sex scenes sounded like a sportscaster on ESPN during a really competitive football game.

    The sex scenes were also beyond sexy. Graphic to the point of being gross.

    The storyline itself was okay. Maybe this is one of those books that would have been better if I had read the e-book (or if it had a better narrator).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ella Frank again?

    Don't think so.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Gunn?

    Sebastian York is my go-to guy. He can read the phone book and make it sound sexy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    My main reaction was frustration because the story had potential, but the narration was just ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I know this is a series (and the cover art is very clear that this is part of a series), I still HATE CLIFFHANGERS. Granted, this one was fairly obvious (and you can read the synopsis of the next book on Goodreads), but I still hate cliffhangers. The author could have tied up that last detail in this book, and then end it with some teaser for the ongoing story.Cliffhangers are an attempt to manipulate the reader into buying the next book in the series. If a book is well written and the characters are memorable, cliffhangers aren't necessary in order to sustain your readership.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kaleb: An Alluring Indulgence Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates, Eliza Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Zoey Stranford might've had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she's a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine her libido decides to ramp into high gear, making her only focus the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door - who is definitely not a boy anymore? The problem is, Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember.

    Rusty says: "Sexy Texas Drama"
    "Just awful!!"
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    What disappointed you about Kaleb?

    The writing was very uneven and derivative. Not very well edited at all. The "f" word was used in ridiculous excess in the course of normal conversations amongst the characters. It was overkill. But the BIGGEST disappointment was the narration. Freddie Bates was maybe a 2-star, but Eliza Grace was a -1, so I gave the performance 1 star. I couldn't finish the book because the narration was so bad. I notice there's a review already posted that says the narrations was amazing. I suspect that person must be a close relative of one of the narrators.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Edwards again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Freddie Bates and Eliza Grace ?

    Sebastian York and Grace Grant (although she seems to have dropped off the audiobook scene lately - I miss her).


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I like stories about big, tight-knit families. The thing about the Walker family is that all the sons formed a company and work together. That's a bit too much togetherness to be believable (not to mention that they share women - that's DEFINITELY more togetherness than necessary!).


    Any additional comments?

    There's erotica and there's smut. I think this falls into the latter category.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lovely Trigger: Tristan & Danika, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R.K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen, Sarah Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad.

    karen says: "One must trust in Soul Deep Attainable Love"
    "Trilogy could have been one great book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have trimmed out a lot of the extraneous scenes, cleaned up the many grammatical errors and ended up with one really great book.


    If you’ve listened to books by R.K. Lilley before, how does this one compare?

    Compared to Bad Things and Rock Bottom, Lovely Trigger was much easier on the emotions.

    The novella Lana is horrible.

    The Up in the Air trilogy was on par with this series. Another case of 3 books that could have been condensed to 1 great book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator did a pretty good job, but her voice as Danika was a bit flat. She did a good job creating voices for most of the other female characters, especially Estella.

    The male narrator really lacked talent. I would give the female narrator 4 stars and the male narrator 2 stars, so I came up with 3 stars overall.


    Did Lovely Trigger inspire you to do anything?

    It made me realize that I am addicted to erotica. Consequently, it inspired me to give up erotica and get back into books from other literary categories.


    Any additional comments?

    The most important thing in Lovely Trigger was Tristan's sobriety. I thought the author did a good job keeping that theme present throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rare and Precious Things: Blackstone Affair Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East, India Baldwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    The fourth part in the New York Times best-selling Blackstone Affair series, brings the continuing story of Ethan and Brynne, two damaged souls fighting for a hard-won love, and now the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after. Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby while facing the challenges of settling into a new home and married life. But when specters from the past resurface, so do their lingering doubts.

    karen says: "Rare and Precious Perfection"
    "Should have been an epilogue to Eyes Wide Open"
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    First, I have to say that I am annoyed with Audible for not putting this book on the home page as a book that I would be interested in based on my past purchases, seeing as I have the other three books in my library. I just stumbled upon it by accident as I was browsing the website the other day.

    With that out of the way, my reaction to this book was "meh". The author basically tied up loose ends from the other three books, but that could have been done with an epilogue at the end of Eyes Wide Open. There's really not much in the way of more story in this book. It just felt like an excuse to extend the series in an attempt to get more money out of consumers.

    Normally I love Grace Grant and Shane East, but in this book, Grant seemed very tentative in her narration. She slowed down and seemed to leave too much time between sentences. That's my main criticism of her performance in this book, but other than that, she did a good job - but not as good as she usually does.

    Shane East did a good job, on par with his past performances. I have to say, though, when he reads a sex scene, it can be a bit over the top. If I'm listening at home, it's okay, but if I'm listening in my car, I have to pull over! :) He really puts it all out there, so good for him!

    Bottom line for me is that it was an okay book. If you really liked the first three books, you will probably want to get this one to find out a few things, but overall, it just felt like a way to get more money out of me.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Chasin' Eight: Rough Riders, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Vanessa Caine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first. Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.

    chris falcone says: "Great story from Lorelei James. Blah narrator."
    "Hoping for entire series"
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    Some of the books in the Rough Riders series have been a lot more sexually graphic than this book. Chasin' Eight focused more on the story and the characters (although they definitely had some really hot sex going on, too). So for this reason, I would say that Chasin' Eight was a bit more balanced than some of the other books in this series. I didn't feel like I was being constantly bombarded with one sex scene after another.

    I liked how Chase and Ava grew as people throughout their relationship. Their internal conflicts didn't feel manipulative or overly angst-ridden. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a "believable" romance, but it definitely was not a Cinderella story like so many contemporary romances are. They were both at a crisis point in their respective lives, and their relationship was basically the catalyst that got them both to move on to better things.

    I also liked the introduction of an unexpected relative in Chase's life towards the of the story. It felt very real to me, and I hope to find out what happens with that relationship if Audible ever gets the rest of the series on board.

    So all in all, I liked the story. It wasn't as over the top as some of the other ones were; wasn't so all about sex; actually felt like real people dealing with real issues.

    As for Vanessa Caine's narration, the first hour or two was very, very bad. Somewhere along the way, though, her voice mellowed out, and she did a much better job. Sometimes I don't know if it's the recording/engineering/sound people who screw up the audio, or if the narrator is really just that bad, but Vanessa Caine started out bad and ended up halfway decent.

    Prior narrator, Rebecca Estrella, is just too flat and boring. Plus she mispronounces words all the time, which drives me crazy. For example, she pronounces "pinged" (think "ping pong") as "pinjed" (think "hinged"). I had to stop and rewind the first time she said that, trying to figure out what the heck that was all about. Thereafter, I understood what she meant when she said "pinjed".

    Of course, the best narrator for Lorelei James's books is Scarlett Chase, but she seems to be only on the Blacktop Cowboys series so far. Wish she could have narrated this series as well.

    Anyway, I liked Chase and Ava's story. The price of it was just about even with the cost of a credit, so I just put it on my credit card rather than use a credit. However, if you're not in a big hurry to go from Book 7 to Book 11 (since #8 through #10 are not available at this time), then wait for a sale or drop some big hints to friends and family that you'd like Chasin' Eight as a gift! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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