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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

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  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
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    (970)
    Story
    (981)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Dragonfuty"
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    I enjoyed this book, kept me interest enough to purchase the second book. Good Narrator well done. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bound by Night: MoonBound Clan Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories-along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there's one thing she cannot destroy: Her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most.

    Teresa says: "Still debating on how good this book is…"
    "What a shame !!"
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    Like others i just fell in love with the Demonica Series by Larissa and couldn't wait to get my fangs into this new series. Very sadly, this book just had no grunt to it at all and i couldn't make it to the end... Even so, this won't put me of other Larissa's books as i know she can do a lot better than this :)

    Nicole Martin was only eight years old when the vampire slaves rose up in rebellion and killed her family. Now she devotes her life to finding a vaccine against vampirism, hoping to wipe out her memories - along with every bloodsucker on the planet. But there’s one thing she cannot destroy: her searing, undeniable attraction for the one man she should hate and fear the most . . .

    member of the renegade vampire MoonBound Clan, Riker is haunted by demons of his own. When he recognizes Nicole and remembers how her family enslaved his loved ones, his heart burns for vengeance. But when he kidnaps Nicole and holds her in a secret lair, his mortal enemy becomes his soul obsession, his greatest temptation, and, perhaps, his only salvation - a hot-blooded lover who could heal him with her touch . . . or bury him forever...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defiance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephanie Tyler
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Rebelling against her legacy as the MC's princess, Tru Tennyson escaped the ruthless, male-dominated culture of the Defiance motorcycle club. Three years later, her newfound freedom is ripped away, thanks to a massive hybrid storm that killed millions. Now, in the post-Chaos world of semi-darkness and near-total anarchy where gangs rule, she discovers the dangerous world of Defiance may be the one thing that can keep her safe.

    Katheryne says: "Sons of Anarchy rip-off"
    "Sadly found this book lacking"
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    The Chaos, as it is known present day, was a series of cataclysmic environmental events that cast the earth into darkness. Survivors of the storms are slowly rebuilding and learning to survive in a post-apocalyptic world. The MC’s went underground, literally, and have emerged as their own government practicing dangerous politics in the name of keeping the MC strong and thriving. But there is no harmony between rival gangs and no one is to be trusted. Internally, the Defiance MC is seeing some turbulence as well. The older governing members rule with archaic laws and some of the younger up-and-comers think it’s time for change. When Tru, the prodigal daughter of the former MC enforcer is returned to the MC disgraced and beaten for rejecting a rival club leader, she doesn't receive a warm welcome from her MC. She is not trusted because she dishonored the MC when she ran from her abusive father and eventually took up with a rival gang for protection.

    The narrator was great but i could not get emotionally involved with this story. My mind kept wandering of and that is not a good sign. Think this one is a return :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    As the Alpha of New York, Trey placed the needs of his pack above everything - until the mate he's waited centuries for waltzed into his life and gave him a taste of what he'd been missing. Sadie, seductive, beautiful, and utterly captivating, is also something shifters avoid at all costs - a vampire. Stunned to learn of her nature, Trey turned his back on the only woman who could complete him. Now, realizing he's thrown away the one thing he can't live without, Trey hunts Sadie down and defies tradition.

    karen says: "I sunk my Canines into this Juicy Story !!"
    "I sunk my Canines into this Juicy Story !!"
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    Sadie is a vampire who never knew why vampires could not feed of shape shifters until she meets her mate and fed from him realizing that now she could not feed off anyone else. Therefore, she searched for him until she was virtually starving and practically dead. Sadie then has to reevaluate her life and her choices...

    Trey is the Alpha of the New York pack and has waited centuries for his mate only to lose her. When he stumbles across her, again he will move heaven and earth to get his pack to accept her. Trey comes across as a hot and sexy alpha who is head over heels in love with his mate..

    The chemistry between Trey and Sadie is blistering. The sex scenes were hot and steamy and i sooo enjoyed this book. This is the 3rd book in this series and i am eagerly looking forward to the 4th. :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Record: The Record, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy. Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell.

    karen says: "Anticipation, Sneaking Sex time made 4 Excitement"
    "Anticipation, Sneaking Sex time made 4 Excitement"
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    Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician - a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits - but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

    But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozening up to a reporter. And Liz isn't sure sneaking around is enough for her - especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

    I really enjoyed this story. It was packed with Heat and sneaky sex that kept the excitement up. Natalie Ross is one of my favorite narrators and she bought all the characters to life beautifully. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbound: The Forbidden Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cat Miller
    • Narrated By Neva Navarre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick.

    CAROLYN says: "IT BLEW ME AWAY"
    "Unbelievable"
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    I started off loving this book and ended up wondering how a good book manages to fall so hard on its ass. Danielle turned from being a complete innocent to (in her words) a vamp slut. God that girl could fall in love fast. For me it made the whole concept of her and Chase as soul mates totally unbelievable. There was not one male in this book who I could truly Cheer on, there were just too many. Sadly this book was not for me and i am very uncertain if i will continue on with this series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Walkers: Monroe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan A. Bliler
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When Game Warden Eden St. Cloud goes up against CEO Monroe StoneCrow, she encounters the most intimidating, powerful, and sexy man she's ever seen. Unaware of the fact that Monroe is the Dominant Skin Walker in North America, it isn't until Eden becomes enmeshed in his life that she realizes it's too late to escape. Worse, she's drawn the children under her care into the lair of the beast and must now succumb to Monroe's desires or risk losing her children forever.

    karen says: "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
    "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
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    Monroe is a very Hot and Alpha Dominant Skin Walker that can change into an animal at will... Eden, who is a very strong willed lady, is a Game Warden for the State's Dept of Fish, Wildlife and Park and is is also considered a law enforcement officer... Put these two together with a bunch of friction, animosity and sexual tension then watch the Sparks Fly...

    I really enjoyed this book. Susan Bliler is a new author for me and i will defiantly be grabbing the rest of this series once released on Audible. It's a bit of a shame we didn't get to start this series from the first book in the Skin Walkers series...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lisa Desrochers
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Have you ever gone just a little too far? Lexie Banks has. Yep. She just had mind-blowing sex with her stepbrother. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it's more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he's been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years...and is so off limits. It's a good thing she's leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome. But even thousands of miles away, Lexie can't seem to escape trouble.

    G. House Sr. says: "Romantic tension keeps you at the edge"
    "A little too Far was a Hot Fascinating listen :)"
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    In the beginning of the book, Lexie's boyfriend of several years dumps her and she goes running into the arms of her stepbrother and best friend, Trent. Their parents married when they were in their early teens, which slightly removes some of the ick factor. She knows she's loved Trent for a long time, but realizes that love is changing from familial to something more. Days after they do the deed, she's whisked off to Italy for a year of studying abroad.

    Let me pause here and stress that Lexie understands it's not socially acceptable to sleep with her stepbrother. She feels guilty, knows it's gross, and is completely weirded out by the whole thing, which is why she's thankful to have a continent separating them both. There's a whole lot of awkward between Trent and Lexie, and distance helps, but while they do talk about it a little before she departs, there's plenty of texting and phone calls to add to the awkwardness, while also making it painfully obvious that there are still unexplored feelings between the two.

    Cue Alessandro, the sexy, Italian deacon Lexie meets when she visits a church to confess her sins Lexie isn't a particularly religious person, but she's willing to do just about anything to rid herself of the stepbrother sex guilt.

    Lexie and Alessandro's relationship skirts the boundaries of taboo for most of the book, with a lot of harmless flirting that starts getting heavier as the book progresses. Because Alessandro hasn't been ordained (although he has taken his vow of chastity), Lexie feels slightly less horrible about thinking about doing dirty deeds with the deacon. Alessandro is incredibly patient, sweet and encourages Lexie in her studies. He's awesome basically. I don't want to reveal any spoilers about what happens between him and Lexie or Lexie and Trent, but it's somewhat obvious from the start. To complement this Sexy story Anadelle Waters does a great job narrating and i just loved Trent's voice. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tied with Me: With Me in Seattle, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (97)

    A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

    Courtney says: "I'm a masochist for finishing this."
    "Another Hot and Sexy 5 Star Listen for Kristen :)"
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    I have just loved every book in the With Me series by Kristen, so of course I was dying to get my hands on Tied with Me, the latest book in the series. Within this series, Kristen has written about every type of Hottie imaginable so far, a rock star, a sexy man with tattoos and a motorcycle, a movie star, a professional football player, and an ex-Navy SEAL. So, it was fitting for the next leading man to be a sexy police detective that dabbles in BDSM...

    Matt Montgomery is a natural protector and the one that his siblings lean on for support and strength. He has a great job as a Seattle police detective, but with his dominant tendencies and his “secret” fetish for BDSM, he hasn't been able to find the one person he can share his life with. That is until Nic walks into his life. He realizes that she isn't the typical submissive, but something about her draws him in...

    Shy and insecure Nic Dalton is the owner of a successful cupcake bakery. She loves her business and her close friends, but due to life-long medical conditions she finds it easier to push people away then be hurt when she can’t live the life that most take for granted. After a chance meeting with Matt leaves her reeling, for once she wants more and finds herself interested in things she never thought she would enjoy...

    As always with Kristen's books, the sexy portions of the book were off the charts and Oh SO YUMMY -- Nic and Matt definitely didn't lack sexual chemistry and bringing in BDSM added a whole Lift to the book. Matt was dominate in the bedroom, but he wasn't your typical Dom who liked to control all aspects of Nic’s life, he knew when to assert his authority and when to back off. Tied with Me also gave us a small glimpse back into the characters that we have all thoroughly enjoyed in the previous books in the series and we were also given a pretty obvious idea of who book 7 will be about. I'll be snatching it up as soon as Audible releases it... :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    When spontaneous and carefree meets cautious and responsible, falling in love can get just a little Twisted

    There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. A planner. Cautious. Then I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself. He made it easy to leap with him.

    Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after? So did I. But life is about choices, and Drew already made his. In fact, he tried to decide for the both of us—but you know that’s not my style. So I came back to Greenville, to spend some time alone . . . sort of.

    Because old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead again.

    momx4b says: "Annoying and disappointing"
    "I missed Drew's Voice - SO MUCH !!"
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    Twisted begins two years after the end of Tangled, and it’s very different in many ways. It’s told from Kate’s POV instead of Drew’s. Smart and feisty, Kate can stand her own with Drew, matching whatever he’s dishing out. It’s one of the things that I love about her and this story. She is also the woman who finally made Drew understand that there was actually more to life than random meaningless hookups. Things are progressing for this couple which makes me happy - happy - happy. The heat is amazing between these two.…

    Life is good for one of my most favorite couples until about the 30% mark…then...HOLY CRAP! Let me repeat myself…HOLY CRAP..... You'll have to listen to the book to understand what i mean :)

    Over-all i did not enjoy this book as much as Tangled.. It came across lacking and i just couldn't connect to this story 100% -- think I was missing Drew's fabulous voice... Still - i am looking forward to the next installment... :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Intimate Enemies: Covert Affairs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Joan Swan
    • Narrated By Christa G. Lewis
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    (12)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    Cassandra Christo is on a quest for answers in the mysterious deaths of her mother and stepbrother. But when she returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, Cassie runs into two major obstacles: her corrupt stepfather, and Rio Santana, Saul's right-hand man and the person she unknowingly let into her heart after he comforted her during the darkest moment of her life.

    karen says: "Awesome - A Nail biting and Gripping story !!"
    "Awesome - A Nail biting and Gripping story !!"
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    Six months after the mysterious yacht explosion that killed Cassie Christo’s mother and stepbrother, authorities still have no answers to the cause. Searching for closure, Cassie returns to her childhood home on the Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico, where she launches her own investigation into the accident. She never expected to find an adversary in the man who had once touched her heart with kindness in her darkest moment.

    Rio’s been fantasizing about reconnecting with Cassie for months. But not here and sure as hell not now. As an undercover agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he’s working the biggest sting operation in all of northern Mexico, and he definitely doesn't have time for the wild attraction he feels for Cassie. -- Not only is his cover on the line, so is his heart. Because as the end of a yearlong operation draws closer, Rio knows if he tells Cassie the truth about who and what he is, it won’t only jeopardize his mission, it may result in him losing her forever. And if he doesn't, his lies and deception could get them both killed....

    I loved the suspense that was built in this book. It started with the first page and carried on until the last page. I think Joan did a great job with the entire plotting of the story. The main characters and story-line were well developed and the other characters in the book had you guessing who was good and who was bad. The descriptions of the scenes, situations and emotions were done so well that I felt the same things the characters felt...

    Joan did a fantastic job at balancing the romance and suspense and it really fit Cassie and Rio. You never knew exactly how the next scene would play out and it never got old. I thought the intimate scenes were nicely done and not over used, perfect for this story !!

    Christa Lewis done a fabulous job narrating and made me feel like i was right there with the characters.... I can't wait for book 2 :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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