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karen

Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

Christchurch, New Zealand

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  • Falke's Peak

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anna Leigh Keaton
    • Narrated By Gina Cedarwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (206)

    Stressed out ad-exec Dakota wandered into Catamount Outfitters in search of a guide for a wilderness excursion. She didn't expect to be greeted by not one but five of the most ruggedly delicious-looking men she'd ever seen... not to mention a live cougar guarding the shop!

    Root Dorn says: "Erotica with Laryngitis"
    "Peaked my interest !"
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    I liked the story line of this book but found the narrator not suited. Her voice is very child like to me and that made for a hard listen especially with all the adult content.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1187)

    Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

    Hassan says: "Fantastic!!"
    "Oh Vlad..the Perfect Sexy Vamp.. Burn me.. PLEASE!"
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    Jeaniene has done it again! This is her writing at its best and I could not stop listening... There was tons of Action, Lust, Sex and everything else we expect out of Jeaniene's amazing writing style in this book... She's just the best a :)

    WARNING Big Spoilers below....


    Vlad and Leila missed out on destroying Vlad’s sworn enemy, Szilagyi, in the last book, but they are still hot on his trail. Vlad has been overprotective of Leila knowing that he wouldn't survive losing her. But when he leaves her home to keep her safe, the castle is attacked and Leila is taken hostage by none other than Szilagyi himself, who knows how to make her capture as painful as possible for Vlad, in hopes it will push him to do something careless...

    Vlad reaches out to Cat for help in getting Leila back, much to Bones’s displeasure! But Szilagyi has found a way to booby trap Leila’s abilities and now she is a threat to herself. Vlad can’t leave her alone for a second or he could lose her for good! It leaves them hunting down the necromancer that did this to her so they can end it. But what they eventually discover about the spell will change their plans drastically...

    I think we all expected Szilagyi to get his hands on Leila, but not so much Maximus’s betrayal … or proof of his loyalty. I was so mad at what he appeared to have done as a way to get Leila for his own, but I’m glad that he did prove himself, even if Vlad couldn't follow through with his promise. Hopefully he will be able to reward him even more so in the next book...

    The things that happened during Leila’s capture shaped the rest of the story and the hunt for Szilagyi got kicked into an even higher gear as it’s the only way Vlad can protect his beloved wife. For her, Vlad would risk it all, even his own life...

    I loved seeing Vlad’s protective side, even if he comes off a little harsh to some. It was also great seeing Mencheres again as well as the brief scenes of Cat and Bones...

    I think this book has something for everyone and I can’t wait for the next installment, I’m just very sad to see that it will be the conclusion of the series. I’m holding out hope for another spin-off series … we have yet to see Ian’s happily ever after all … and what a series he would make... Yummy :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shoulda Been a Cowboy: Rough Riders, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rebecca Estrella
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    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Soldier Cameron McKay has found his niche, and it ain't ropin' steer and wearin' spurs. His deputy sheriff job, plus battle injuries that ended his military career, keep him right where he wants to be: Off the ranch and away from his family's pity. His darkest war memories are on lockdown, leaving him skeptical he'll ever find a woman who wants a man who's less than whole. .

    DK says: "More Naughty 'Ear Candy' With Serious Story Depth"
    "Heart pounding Sexiness leaves me wanting more"
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    I love the Rough Riders series and Lorelei James's writing style. This story finally gives us Cams story, the wounded hero who returned from serving in Iraq without a leg and scars both physical and mental. Cam is a Dom through and through, he is happy with his sexuality and isn't willing to change, he is what he is no excuses. Even if that means staying away from sweet Domini, the one woman he really desires. Domini though is not what he thinks she is, she is in fact a natural submissive and the perfect complement to him...

    What I truly enjoyed about this book is that Domini isn't portrayed as a simpering sub, she is portrayed as a strong independent woman who, because of her inner strength, is able to offer her gift of submission freely. Cam knows he loves Domini and Domini knows she loves Cam but neither are truthful with each other and believe the other doesn't feel the same way, that it is purely sexual. I am sure you can imagine the problems this may cause, and I’m not going to reveal anymore due to spoilers...

    This was an incredibly well written story that had me riveted. It leaves you breathless, hot and filled up with romance. I have long wanted Cams story and it didn't disappoint in any way. The sex scenes were incredibly hot and left nothing to the imagination. Lorelei sure can leave your heart pounding :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (350)

    Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover, but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he doesn’t break her heart.

    tonya says: "She is stepping up her game"
    "Please Feel Free to Cuff & Dominate me Darkness :)"
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    Darkness has huge issues getting/letting people get close but Boy would i love to get up close and personally sexed up with him... As all new Species books this one is full of Hot Sex and I'd be more than happy to let Darkness Hand Cuff me any-day!!

    Darkness's issues, circumstances and how they've shaped & affected him will break your heart. Even in those moments when you want to strangle him, you can't be angry with him cos you get the why of it all. He's scary but he can be sweet in his own way. I really love his character and was over-joyed watching him come full circle...

    Kat, I LOVE HER! She is the perfect representation of a strong yet vulnerable woman. A kick a** heroine. One who when she has to, will make the hard choices without flinching, backing down, or being a bitch about it...

    Anther very enjoyable addition to the New Species series and i can't wait for Smiley's story next :)

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Sadie's powerful enough to protect their people but Trey is determined to keep her safe. Until other dangers arise - ones that could harm humans and immortals alike - and he needs her help when things take a turn for the worst. To destroy their enemies, they'll have to stand together. Even if it means risking everything, including each other.

    karen says: "Tray's a Possessive Bad Ass & Dirty Talker - Yummy"
    "Tray's a Possessive Bad Ass & Dirty Talker - Yummy"
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    I sooo loved this one.... Alpha Mine is stacked Full of Sexiness and Smoking Hot love scenes plus Aline takes things to the next level with this addictive story... I am completely hooked on this series, even more so now with some of the intriguing directions she's taken in this book...

    This book further explores Trey and Sadie’s relationship. Trey, our alpha bad ass shifter, has to realize that Sadie, who is pretty darn bad ass herself, can take care of business. Ava and Diskant are still in the thick of things. Some big things happen in the situation with Nathan and Leigh, while the story takes an even more stunning turn with Aldon Frost. Let me just say that this book will reveal secrets that are integral to the series arc. So this one is definitely not to be missed... Please i need the next book immediately!! :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Kade's Dark Embrace: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kym Grosso
    • Narrated By Ryan West
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (338)

    After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective.

    terri says: "HATE the heroine"
    "YUM a Sexy/Sexual assertive, cocky Hunk of a Vamp"
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    Sydney Willows is a detective in Philadelphia, forced to work with a vampire, Kade Issacson on a paranormal murder. While working the case, she finds herself drawn to him, fighting the passion she feels towards him. As the book progresses, Sydney finds herself being hunted by a crazy, powerful witch (who also happens to be Kade's ex-girlfriend). I loved Sydney's character... she is a brave, take-no-shit cop. She was easy to relate to and cheer for...

    As with a lot of paranormal books, Sydney is conflicted about her feelings for Kade and Kade is a very Sexy/Sexual, assertive, cocky Hunk of a Vamp! Yummy.... I liked their relationship - two strong minded people going toe-to-toe at times. The author did a great job of incorporating Sydney's traits into every aspect of her life...

    This was a clever and well-developed paranormal romance novel,filled with lust, love, action and some bad-ass Yummy characters...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Real

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (762)

    One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting. Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life. He's the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I'm drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he's near, I need to remind myself that I am strong - but he is stronger.

    Jordy says: "5 SERIOUSLY SMOKING HOT INTENSE STARS!!! "
    "Its a Frustrating Emotional Supper Hot Mussel ride"
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    Be prepared to be Emotionally Drained...with loads of sexual frustration... There were moments when I both equally loved and hated this story but either way I couldn't stop listening. It made me want to sigh, laugh, yell and cry in equal measures, but I am very glad I did finish it. Katy did an awesome job describing the intensity of Brooke’s feelings. So much so that you can almost feel her emotions as you read. The love scenes are uber hot and raunchy but still held a sense of intimacy, which was great. My favorite part of all was the way Remy connected to the world, and especially to Brooke, through music. It was powerful and beautiful the way he could hand her his iPod with a specific song that conveyed his feelings for her and that she could reciprocate in kind...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbeloved: Undeniable, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    Jason "Jase" Brady sweeps Dorothy off her feet. As Dorothy patiently waits for Jase to give her the happily-ever-after she's been dreaming about, James "Hawk" Young, a member of the Hell's Horsemen with secrets of his own, sees an opening into Dorothy's life and takes it. What follows is a long and painful journey of self-discovery and forgiveness, as Dorothy comes to realize that home was exactly where she'd left it and the love she'd forever craved had always been within her reach.

    BluBumbleB says: "SO Incredibly Good!!"
    ""I wanted to live the fairy tale""
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    There were many things rolling around in my mind when I first saw the cover for UNBELOVED. Mainly that I saw three people on the cover. I know the history of Jace and Dorothy and now the future (me being hopeful) of Dorothy and Hawk. I didn't know what it meant they were both still there (on the cover)...

    But then again, when you go into a Madeline book you know you should just leave your expectations at the door. Along with your apprehension. I have come to care for these characters a great deal and I couldn't wait to see Dorothy in particular get an HEA. As much as I was scared she wouldn't...

    This emotional book - It tore me apart, plain and simple. It’s such an emotional ride about so many broken individuals that it left me feeling a bit sad about the hardships they faced. The things they missed, the bumps they hit. No, some things may not seem fair. Love isn't easy for them. But true love stayed true ’til the end. Through the good and the bad. Dorothy’s story is not the same as the others in the series. And I was perfectly ok with that...

    As much as I cared for Dorothy before, I truly came to understand her and feel for her in this book. Her life, her emotions, her wants and needs. What a life she’s had! Then there’s Jace who might’ve broken my heart too. And lastly there’s Hawk. Who stole my heart...

    Another job very well done for Madeline who manages to suck me into her world with every installment in new ways. Great sex, loads of fucked- up-ness, biker style, It was all supper goodness for me!! I’m such a glutton for more punishment :)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Forgotten: Beautifully Damaged Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (213)

    Successful restaurateur Lucien Black’s blue-green eyes and unattainable attitude drive women wild. But his abandonment issues and criminal past have left him emotionally closed off. When a familiar face shows up for a job interview at his nightclub, the ache he has tried to forget tears at his heart—it’s the girl who once healed him...and then abandoned him.

    Ashley says: "Amazing"
    "A Caterpillar turns into a spectacular Butterfly!!"
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    This is a very emotional listen full of soul deep love, mystery, action and loads of hot sex. This story will stay in my soul for a long time and i so hope there will be many more books to come in this wonderful series... :)

    I have been a fan of L.A Fiore’s ever since I read Beautifully Damaged. When I learned that there was going to be another book in follow-up, I shook my little ass in a happy dance and pumped my fists in the air in excitement. I absolutely adored Beautifully Damaged and couldn't wait to get my hands on Beautifully Forgotten. This book picks up shortly after BD finishes – you could probably muddle your way through it without reading the first one, however I don’t recommend that. To truly appreciate this story, you need to hear it from the beginning...

    Lucien and Darcy are on a path of re-discovery with each other. The more time they spend together, the more they come to see that they want to get back what they once had. Unfortunately, the same forces that pushed them apart want nothing more than to make sure things stay that way. Permanently. L.A. Fiore spins a tale of deceit and betrayal that spans generations. Each one is more complicated than the next and packed with more shock value than I knew how to handle...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fighting for Flight: Fighting, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By JB Salsbury
    • Narrated By Ryan West, Erin Mallon
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    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (340)

    What happens when in order to win, you're forced to lose? The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti, grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she's content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects. Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.

    Yvette says: "WOW! THIS AUDIOBOOK WAS A PERFECT KNOCKOUT!"
    "I'll always hold you when you're scared..."
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    This book was Totally satisfying Candy, straight out heart punching greatness... The whole book was just so freaking intense with the heart-pumping scenes, either the awesome fights or the sexy as fuck sex scenes this book is just one Yummy full package... Jonah - Wow - I just instantly fell head over heels for this man. He was just the sweetest. He really wasn't used to the strong emotions he felt towards Raven and he couldn't control them... I so loved that....

    Raven Moretti... I swear, if I was her, I'd probably be such a crybaby. But I thank God every second that she wasn't. She was actually tough, but she wasn't stubborn and sh didn't put up walls to block Jonah out. She just went with the flow and took risks when it came to love, since she was just as much of an amateur at it as he was. She was so damn innocent that it was adorable. Not the fake and forced kind of innocent. Like, real innocent. She couldn't even curse...

    This is a must listen and I cant wait for book 2, so wish it was out now :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mating Brand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VanCoudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (218)

    Brand meets his dream girl in college - a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies, but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

    Amazon Customer says: "Brand and Charma....chemistry!"
    "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
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    Brand and Charma come from two different worlds and their kinds aren't allowed to be together. I hear you. I too hate when characters are ripped apart for years then brought back together, but this worked for me. Charma had to make some tough choices at a pretty young age. The cat shifter community runs with stricter and more harsh laws so she did what she had to do to save her family, leaving Brand behind thinking that maybe he could move on and find someone who could really be his mate...

    Nine years later Charma is stuck with an abusive husband/mate who she was forced to be with to keep her family safe. He is abusive in all ways and it’s extremely heartbreaking. The first 10% really pulls at the heartstrings in making me feel for Charma and understanding why she did what she did. Now that her family is safe she could run, but she doesn't have anywhere to go and has no idea how to even find Brand. She believes the chances of him not having moved on are none. Then one day she finds out her pack is about to attack another and she sees his photo in the stack of targets. She still loves him deeply and if there is one thing she can do it is at least save his life and warn him of what’s coming...

    Most of the story is a gush of love and mating heat sex with a nice dab of Action included into this wonderful mix... This book is Full of All the Good Stuff Laurann can throw into a fab story... Bring on book 4, I cant wiat :)

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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