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Kyjia

Miami, FL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 15 reviews
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  • A Gentleman Undone: Blackshear Family Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Cecilia Grant
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    Lydia Slaughter understands the games men play - both in and out of the bedroom. Not afraid to bend the rules to suit her needs, she fleeces Will Blackshear outright. The Waterloo hero had his own daring agenda for the gaming tables of London's gentlemen's clubs. But now he antes up for a wager of wits and desire with Lydia, the streetwise temptress who keeps him at arm's length. A kept woman in desperate straits, Lydia has a sharp mind and a head for numbers. She gambles on the sly, hoping to win enough to claim her independence.

    Lia says: "Hurt so good"
    "Waste of a Credit! Hot Mess is many ways!!"
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    This book started off slow, slow enough to make me stop and remove it from my ipod. It took a lack of credits and pure boredom to make me re download and try and suffer through it. I made it all the way through, but I would never repeat the experience nor will I make the mistake of giving the author another chance.

    Here is what went right with the book. I love love love Susan Ericksen from the "In death" series and the book has a decent summary. I love cards and black jack in particular and all of the fancy tricks, probability kept me going. I'm ok with some historical romance, though I will have to stay away from the genre for a while to recover from this book.

    But that is where the goodness ends. Susan has a very bland and slow english accent that she uses for all the characters and the narration (which wasn't necessary). The issue is that she can do the accent for maybe one character but doesn't have the talent to do it for the whole book. The story of this book is just hard to believe and incredibly predictable. There is no reason a gentleman can fall in love with a whore at first sight. There is no way he should be so guilty for doing what anyone with a brain would consider a good deed, to the point that he considers it to be a secret shame. All the sad background stories will not convince me that the premise of this romance makes sense. Not from his perspective anyways. There is also a stupid pending duel that covers like half of the book, and it really was ABSOLUTELY NOT NECESSARY (either party could just call it off).

    I won't give away any more of the book, but BUYER BEWARE, there are better books out there, even for this genre and definitely by the narrator.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (326)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "A Study in Depressing"
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    I picked up this book after reading mixed reviews. The cover itself shows that this may have some dark tones,definitely BSDM and so on. But this book carries dark to a new level as it does not veer from the summary. I wouldn't consider it to be BSDM, this girl is kidnapped to be sold as a sex slave in Pakistan . If you have ever watched the movie "Taken" you would realize that this actually happens as human trafficking is very real. For 98% the book she is scared, injured and defenseless. She is subject to punishment but not the consensual kind you see in other books. Even the environment is dismal, her future is dismal. There is a twisted romance, but it is a stockholm syndrome type situation.

    This writing style and narration in this book are great, they remind me of Kresley Cole's "The Professional" series.

    I don't know that I will even go on to the second book. Like I said there is a definite issue with tone, there is no ebb and flow. Despair, sex, depression, sex, attempted rape, beating, sex, despair. I could understand if this was a real life survival story but I don't have the patience to deal with this in fiction. If you choose to buy, put aside the credits or money for both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Desire: Dragonfury Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (440)

    No warrior of the Nightfury pack is more complicated or damaged than Wick. Scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick cannot bear the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets J. J. Solares. When she is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and keep her from harm. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, and venturing into the world to seek justice for J. J. may be more than he can take.

    Robbie says: "Wick the Magic Dragon"
    "I give up on this author"
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    I think that this is the third book I have ever read from this author, and I never cease to be disappointed. The narration is always fine, but this author gets overly wrapped up in the environment and the background story to the point where maybe 30% of the book is based on those two characters you read about in the summary. The rest is talking about third parties, enemies, politics etc. I can't deal with it, and I know that it will be no different from book 1. Bought this on a discount sale and I want my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Dirty Secrets: Million Dollar Duet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By C. L. Parker
    • Narrated By Rockwell Davis, Rubyyy Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (245)

    Delaine Talbot has a secret. When a matter of life and death threatens to tear apart her family, Delaine makes the ultimate sacrifice. She auctions herself off at Chicago’s most exclusive erotic club. Now she belongs to Noah Crawford, a wealthy mogul who introduces her to a seductive feast of the senses, awakening desires she only dreamed about. Noah doesn’t know why Delaine sold her body for a cool two mil. But it’s the perfect business arrangement. The inexperienced beauty will learn to satisfy his every sensual need, yet never touch his heart....

    Jordy says: "Naughty, Raunchy, Sexy but oh so Sweet!!"
    "LAZY adaptation of Fifty shades characters. BOO!!!"
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    I was counting the seconds until this one finished. I cannot AT ALL understand why people are giving this book great reviews, I could see buying it in order to put Christian and Anastacia in a different scenerio, but to say it was a good story after actually listening to it should be crime with victims giving up valuable credits.

    Without giving too much away, the basic premise is that this young lady desperately needs money to care for a sick relative and decides to sell her body auction style to the highest bidder and literally a broken-hearted prince charming happens to be buying women that day. I cannot tell you how little sense that alone makes... and all through the book, he treats her like a sexy princess and she shows him SOO much attitude. I could even understand with a decent well thought out plot that the possession could fall for the buyer, in finding out he is in some shape or form a good guy and vice versa. However I can't see moving straight from a human trafficking auction on to the Cinderella story in the matter of seconds, my mouth is still on the floor as to how this came up in NO other reviews.

    The narrators were fine, I'm not sure why they got blasted in other reviews. I liked the male, but the female sounds like a 16 years old. I do have a great pet peeve with narrators who do not sound like they are in the same age range of the characters (older or younger).

    However my main issue was the very craptastic plot. I have no issue with the repeated theme of the millionaire and the virgin, but come on, lets just think about the plot for more than 10 minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1916)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1788)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Well written, but who cares about were creatures"
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    I decided to purchase this book for several reasons - I like reading a mixture of fantasy, adventure and romance, and if i can find a decent book I will try it. Second Jill Redfield is the narrator of the infamous crossfire series, which is viciously good she sounds alot like Anne Hathaway which is a plus for any book. Also alot of positive reviews for this one

    Of the many mythical creatures I don't find were-creatures to be particularly interesting, so a big negative for me was that this book not only that the universe circled around this group but we don't see the authors take on any other types of creature. But otherwise I loved the main character, her sarcasm at times really made me laugh out loud. Throughout the book, she kept a very realistic perspective about her relationship with the male lead which was always on the more physical side up to a point. Learning about the reactions of their internal wolves made for great entertainment and the structure of their wolf packs and society, seemed plausible for the most part.

    I don't know that I would tune in for the continuation of the series 9wolves are not my cup of tea) but I would love to check out more books from the author and would listen to anything interesting with Jill as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1828)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1653)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Fascinating series!! Not YA however."
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    The plot of this book caught me eye, along with alot of good reviews which were worth their merit.

    The book is well written in terms of the characters and environment, introduces you to a unique young lady who doesn't know anything really about her past or the pseudo family that she loves or the chore she is consistently asked complete. We step into the murky world of angels and chimeera (which are not demons in this case, just different from angels) embattled in a war that began with their ancestors for reasons that no longer exist. And our star crossed lovers enter the picture -an angel and mystery girl.

    I have not given away the plot, there is so much more inside, definitely a whole new universe has to be explained in the second book which is out. I however hold to my assessment that this is not a young adult book, there are sexual over and undertones throughout this book. Also the topic of angels and what are basically demons, are much more on the real side than the very fictional vampires, werewolves and ghouls, and can and will confuse a young person who is not inclined to understand that is a complete and total work of fiction. There are other options out there for fantasy YA, this one is really on the border. However it is a good read otherwise and I look forward to seeing what else is in store.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream-Hunter: A Dream-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (321)

    Arik is such a predator. Condemned by the gods to live eternity without emotions, Arik can only feel when he’s in the dreams of others. Dr. Megeara Kafieri watched her father ruin himself and his reputation as he searched to prove Atlantis was real. Her promise to him to salvage his reputation has now brought her to Greece where she intends to prove that the fabled island is right where her father said it was. Bad luck only turns worse when she finds a stranger floating in the sea. His is a face she’s seen many times.... in her dreams.

    Teresa says: "Dream hunter beginings."
    "Boring Plot, extremely disappointed!!"
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    I purchased this book wanting to properly start a Sherrilyn Kenyon series, after separately purchasing and enjoying some of her other books, Dance with the Devil and Born in Silence I found that even by themselves they had beautiful writing, well thought out plot-lines and steamy fun between characters where relationships grew throughout the books after some challenges.

    I found that was hardly able to finish this book for several reasons. First I hated the narrator, same person from Dance with the Devil, and ironically he uses the same voice for two supposedly different characters. I understand why this male lead in Dance with the Devil would consistently sounded bitter, sharp and angry. I don't get it in this book and it made me dislike the character.

    Second, a dream god who goes into dreams to feed on the emotions of the host, some are dedicated to certain types of dreams like sexual or violent dreams, is stupid. And the fact that they have to be killed if they get addicted to one human, because what they do in the long term is dangerous to humans. Its just a stupid plot, so much worst than dark hunters, worse than average Olympian gods drama or the league, I just couldn't get into it. There is alot more information in the book beyond this overall premise and there is an entire series is build around it but I will not go one with this series.

    Third, there is no build up for these characters in terms of a relationship. This may be a bit of a spoiler, but these two are hot and heavy from the very beginning. I realized in the middle that I don't see them as a good couple because they are not a good couple. They are simply forced together from the first chapter of the book through her dreams and he fights to consistently to have sex with her in the real world, not because she isn't willing but because I can feel the author stretching the story even though the characters do not really learn more about each other or really get any closer.

    There is some action in this book that did not make it a complete disappointment, but the still this story-line is very flimsy. I know this author is so much better than this book and I look forward to checking out her other work. If audible gives another sale I would probably give one more book in this series a chance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1281)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Predictable - Nothing more to say"
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    There is nothing more to say, if you read the summary you have 98% of the story minus the pornographic stuff. I like more for my money, the story is absolutely poor, narration not to bad, I don't blame her.

    There are definitely better ways to spend an actual credit and better yet 7 hours. Read reviews on other books, and don't buy into any hype here.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1470)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1338)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Good read, what is with all the hype is though?"
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    This book has been trending as a best seller for weeks now, so as soon as I listened to the sample to determine if I could take the narrator I had to buy. It is a decent book, I listened to the whole thing in about two sittings. Not surprising that the hype is built around another lead who that has photographic memory, this one talent seems to be working for all who use it, from the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and the Witness.

    I have to say the I do not generally like period pieces, the language for me is unbearable and the fake British accents on narration is the worst. However, I was so happy to hear that it was much toned down for this book because the characters were Scottish and part french, which means the narrator didn't try to use a strong accent either way. The narrator did a decent job and made the book a pleasurable experience.

    The second most compelling feature outside of the peculiarities of Lord Ian was undoubtably that there were several very very hot scenes with some very blunt dirty talk for the period that the book is framed. This was a hilarious surprise for me as none of the wording would be sexual in today's world but actually quite technical. The characters actually fit together quite nicely and Lord Ian has a surprising tender and loving relationship with his brothers, that I do love where ever I see it in this book.

    Out with the good and in with the bad.The story was not all that interesting and in fact, the photographic memory was barely used for the entirety of the book. Alot of other reviewers found the fact that the star couldn't look people in the eye or focus on conversation to be quite endearing or some handicapp which make women swoon for the character in pity. I however, found it to be quite creepy, and find it even more difficult to believe that he could have a real relationship if he really only focuses on his side of a conversation (of course they got around this fact in the book). I actually felt so bad for her, that multiple times in bed she could not get him to look at her. This is not a turn on.

    Technically well written, good narration, regular plot formula with a lot of steam, I give 4 out of 5. I would recommend for a light summer read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel's Rest: An Eternity Springs Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Emily March
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Gabriel Callahan has lost everything that mattered. All he wants is solitude on an isolated mountain estate. Instead, he gets a neighbor. Vibrant, no-nonsense Nic Sullivan is Eternity Springs’ veterinarian, and she has an uncanny plan to lure this talented architect back to the world of the living. First with a dog, next with a renovation project, and, finally, with a night of passion that ends with a surprise.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Unexpectedly Heart-Wrenching"
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    I am not generally lured into these feel good romances, as the plots are generally way too slow paced for my tastes, but due to some interesting reviews, I gave this one a shot.This book kept my interest peeked just about the whole way through.

    The book has a shattered and troubled male lead (which is my fav time) who seemingly just keeps making awful decisions through out the story, as it relates to a budding relationship with the female lead. So the book takes fabulous turns from the routine "getting to know you" formula to "OMG did that really just happen!" I also like this because, yes people realistically do make decisions based on paralyzing drama from past events that have nothing to do with the current situation and from plain old selfishness. And a good book and narrator should truly take the reader on this emotional roller-coaster with our characters.

    This is no romance mixed in a thriller, or adventure, so I will not give it perfect ratings, but if you are looking for a well written enjoyable wholesome romance only, then look no further. My rating is 3.5 out of 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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