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  • Romeo and Judy Anne: Texas One Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Joan Reeves
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
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    (49)
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    (48)

    Good girls just can't win! High school principal Judy Anne Palmer was always a good girl who never did an impulsive, rebellious thing. Ever. And look where it got her! One night in Dallas, she meets a man and decides to indulge in a liberating night of passion - liberating her from the stigma of being the oldest living virgin north of the Rio Grande. After all, she'll never see her one-night Romeo again. Unfortunately, the night doesn't turn out exactly the way she planned, and her one-night Romeo isn't one-night stand material.

    ebookluver says: "Can't work out? This will amp your heart rate!"
    "WORST NARRATOR EVER"
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    What would have made Romeo and Judy Anne better?

    A different reader for starters


    Has Romeo and Judy Anne turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes actually it has. I thought I'd try another erotica after reading shades of gray.....but I realize now that most of it is poorly written and therefore its probably difficult to get good readers. This lady reads like she's in the 5th grade.....no inflection, just mono-tone, and her speech is so stilted
    Her British accent is hilarious! And her Texas accent isn't much better.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christine Padovan?

    I don't keep track of readers names


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
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    (724)
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    (727)

    Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

    BluBumbleB says: "Wow!!!!! I'm speechless."
    "Good enough that I went and got the next one."
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    I guess I really liked this because I went and bought the next one in the series right away(and the next and the next). It did have great characters, I'll say that. And the story was somewhat believable although it does get a little far-fetched in the next few books. Nonetheless, the back story about a girl who was brutally raped as a teen and a man who suffered from PTSD after a stint in Afganistan, worked well to create chemistry between the two. I like that Bryanne wasn't a pushover, she seemed like a strong American woman for the most part. The narration was awesome, by the way----Shane East has the sexiest voice ...I had to google him just to see what he looked like, I couldn't find his picture. :( Oh well, it's probably for the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    Overall
    (4516)
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    (4056)
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    (4053)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "So Entertaining! Best book I've read this year."
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    Any additional comments?

    At first I didn't know if I'd like it...it was a bleak look at a post-apocalyptic world in which a zombie virus has wiped out most of the "normal" people in the world. I thought it might be heading for the same tone as The Road. (Spoiler Coming)But I was surprised when the "girl' became the herorine, and the science became so realistic and interesting. The ending was smart and thought provoking, as an ending should be. It was just a really fun read and so well done. A pleasant surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan: Her Russian Protector #1) (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Roxie Rivera
    • Narrated By Pinky Powell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
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    Desperate to find her sister, Erin goes to the only man in Houston who can help her - Ivan Markovic. The intimidating, tattooed Russian operates one of the most elite mixed-martial arts training centers in the world but it's his shadowy past and reputed connections with Houston's underworld that interest her most. To find her sister, she'll need the help of her big, scary Russian protector - but asking for help from a man like Ivan carries a steep price, one that might just include her heart.

    Amazon Customer says: "Here come the Russians !! Oh Yeah"
    "It takes more than 3hrs to develop characters!"
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    I guess I should have known that this wouldn't work, it was so short that the story never had a chance to develop. It was so choppy, and abrupt, I had to stop and look to see if it was abridged. Ivan probably doesn't say more than a 1/2 a dozen words to Erin and yet he's in Love with her in a few hours. I don't have a problem with the love-at-first-sight thing, but at least make it believable. If you like the idea of this book--Russian mobsters with a heart of gold-- then try the Kresley Cole series-----WAY better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (200)

    Living paycheck to paycheck in Paris, American book translator Chloe Underwood would give anything for some excitement and passion - even a little danger. So when she's offered a lucrative weekend gig translating at a business conference in a remote château, she jumps at the chance to shake things up.

    Judy says: "Awesome!"
    "Didn't expect to love it like I did!"
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    Despite the fact the book started off with one massive info-dump after another I hung in there and waited it out. About 1/4 to 1/2 way through BAM...this book got so good. It was such a different romance. I know that flawed hero's are the "thing" right now, but this guy is more than flawed---he's completely wicked, but somehow the author managed to make me empathize with his life. He's the worst and best hero ever, and even though I have absolutely no knowledge of international arms trafficking or European organized crime rings, I felt like everything that happened was so realistic. The Heroine (Chloe) reacted just as you'd expect (most of the time). Sure, she might not be thinking of sex after she'd just been tortured, but it is a romance book---so you have to expect some of that type of thing. My only objection is that it ended too soon. I SOOOO wanted an epilogue. We deserved to know what happened after the final page! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1786)
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    (1660)
    Story
    (1667)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "One of the best romance's I've listened to!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they like the hot, steamy sex scenes. The narrator is the absolute best, he makes the book! I love how Emma Chase writes, so funny and down to earth at the same time. The story of a rich, hot playboy type being brought to his knee's by a strong, successful, woman just isin't told enough for my taste. I love listening to Drew's thoughts and in romance you usually hear the woman's point of view so this is refreshing.


    What about Sebastian York’s performance did you like?

    He has a damn sexy voice...it fits the character perfectly!


    Any additional comments?

    Just get this book..it really is a great erotic romance--It has equal parts of both of those things and the writer is clever and easy to read. I actually am considering listening to it again and I NEVER do that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruby Red: Ruby Red Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kerstin Gier, Anthea Bell (translator)
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (536)
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    (534)

    Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth who, in the middle of class, takes a sudden spin to a different era! Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon, the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential.

    betsy says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Great characters-excellent narrator!"
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    This is a unique YA story about time-travel and other abilities that haven't truly been revealed yet. Anyone who has read my previous reviews knows that I dislike a weak/meek heroine...woman who let guys tell them what to do and end of loving them for it-UGH. Gwyneth is a little bit of a wuss, but she's so likeable and so young that you can just tell that she'll grow up over the course of the next few books, so it doesn't bother me as much. She has this Bridget Jones Diary thing going on and it's very endearing and fun. I found a German movie of this book on youtube and it was really pretty good--if you like the book go check it out!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Alexandra R. Josephs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (384)

    Interior decorator Suzanne Barron's new tenant is the most dangerously sexy man she's ever met. Navy Commander John Huntington, a former SEAL (aka 'Midnight Man') works best under cover of darkness. Within hours of meeting him, Suzanne has wild, no-holds barred sex with John, then panics at the depth of her passionate response to such a powerful and dangerous warrior. Suzanne doesn't do sex like that. John is definitely someone she needs to avoid for her own peace of mind. But when killers come for her, Suzanne knows she can turn to only one man.

    NEW NAME says: "Alpha yummyness!!!!!!!!"
    "Good if you're in the Mood for a Romantic Thriller"
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    Any additional comments?

    Although I don't know much about ex-military/international security jobs, this seemed realistic to me. I've read other version of this sub-genre and many times they seem a little hokey. The hero was smart and a little damaged, with a heart of gold, and the heroine was fairly strong and independent. There were a few twists I didn't see coming and great sex scenes, so all and all this was pretty good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keep Me Safe: Slow Burn, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    When Caleb Devereaux's younger sister is kidnapped, the scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot. While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Mixed Review"
    "Forgettable"
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    I read this about a week ago and I can hardly remember what it was about. I do remember thinking that it was boring and silly. Oh yeah, I remember... the hero falls in love with the heroine after about 10 minutes of knowing her. And, not just "oh, I'm attracted to her, love at first site" kind of thing. But the "I'll give my life and the life of the members of my family" kind. It's just really far fetched and unbelievable and that's saying something because I'm a big fantasy/sci fi romance fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1051)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (747)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Nancy says: "GREAT READ!"
    "Really Good!"
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    This book was recommended because I read (and loved) Outlander. It is truly in the same vain...even mentioning Claire, or the white witch as she's known. I'm glad I decided to download it. It was really great--I wish I could figure out how an author can make you care so much about the characters. At times, I wanted to scream at them, or other times I was literally crying. The narrator was great, exactly right. It did get a bit long, I kept thinking, when will they get their happy ending?! If you like historical romance, this is an excellent choice. I haven't read the next in the series yet--I'm going to wait and savor them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1284)
    Story
    (1291)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Katheryne says: "Fabulous Final Installment"
    "Saddened that young girls are reading this"
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    Would you listen to The One again? Why?

    No, who would?


    Would you recommend The One to your friends? Why or why not?

    No and I've already told my daughter that she doesn't need to read this one.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    Maybe the rebel girl, at least she was actually strong.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes...disgust. I bought the first book and thought it was fun, so I bought the next 2 right away. Half way through the 2nd book, I realized that I'd made a huge mistake. I decided to read the last book just to see if the America or Maxon redeemed themselves....they didn’t. The themes in the book appeared to be Obedience- Submission and Subservience particularly in woman. I kept waiting for America to stand up for herself, to tell Maxon to take a hike especially when he’d speak to her like she was his possession… for the record girls, that is NOT romance that’s what a weak, chauvinistic hypocrite sounds like and if any guy talks to you like that dump him!


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't let your teens read this---it's the bachelor for young girls and the adult version is bad enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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