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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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  • Shadow's Claim: Immortals After Dark: The Dacians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (699)

    Shadow's Claim features Prince Trehan Daciano, a ruthless master assassin who will use every lethal skill he possesses to defend his imperiled kingdom - as well as his newfound princess. When an ancient secret threatens to destroy them all, can Dacia's notorious prince of shadows keep his Bride alive against all odds?

    Katheryne says: "Paranormal Romance at it's finest! KC is the best"
    "Shadow's Claim"
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    Wow, i just love this series, actually all of Kresley Coles books. This was just the best ever. The Narrator is excellent, does a very good job. It's got a bit of everything in this book and is HOT HOT HOT !! Can't wait for the next book... :)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carter Reed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tijan
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
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    Emma decided to skip the gym and went home early. It was the last easy decision she made because she found her roommate being raped by her boyfriend. She had two choices: Call the cops and be killed by his family's mafia connections or kill him first and hope to survive. There was no choice to her. She killed the bastard first and went to the one person who could protect her: Carter Reed. He's a weapon

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I totally love this!"
    "Mr ALPHA - Those eyes, all those dark Promises"
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    Everything changes for Emma the day that she alters her normal routine and walks in on her best friend and roommate being raped by her boyfriend. Something inside her snaps when she realizes she has two choices - turn him in and risk punishment by his father’s mafia connections or kill him and run... The pain and suffering she watches her roommate endure, even for moments, makes that decision for her. She retrieves a gun and kills him herself. Sealing her fate and changing her life. Forever...

    On the run with nowhere to go she has only one place to turn. Her brother’s oldest friend and now a hit man for a rival mafia group: Carter Reed... Carter Reed is absolutely swoon worthy, he’s super intense and a totally hot alpha male...

    I cannot imagine the horror that Emma has had to survive to get to where she is at the beginning of this book, but to handle what was thrown at her the moment she walked into her apartment…I don’t want to imagine those feelings.

    I really liked Carter’s character. He’s strong, but has this sweet and loving side that he only shows Emma - I loved Carter and Emma’s relationship. He’s totally alpha and does everything in his power to protect her.

    Now if you are into a lot of description in the sex scenes you won’t get that here. You know when they are having sex, but not so much about what is actually going on. I actually liked the scenes as they were, it didn't distract from the actual story-line that was going on and you could see where they where and when their relationship was growing.

    Lucy Rivers does a fantastic job narrating. Very enjoyable :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Who He Is: FireNine #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By S. Q. Williams
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch
    Overall
    (22)
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    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    Eliza Smith has never been the one to seek a relationship. She's never dated a guy in her life, never even hugged a man (outside of her father/manager of the hot and popular rock band, FireNine) but when she decides to spend her summer on tour with FireNine, it all changes. Eliza really gets to meet Gage Grendel - her former crush from high school and the lead singer of FireNine - and witness sides to him to which she'll begin to truly despise. She'll ignore him, she'll dislike his ways, she'll do anything to try and stay away from him until Gage finally gets her to slip up and give in.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "So conflicted!"
    "Loved this Rocker book - Yummy !!"
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    When I first started this book, I was excited because I love stories about wild rock-stars that fall in love. This one hooked me in from the beginning, I instantly loved the chemistry between Eliza and Gage. I was addicted to the sexual tension between these two. They become involved and are soon smoking up the sheets. Hot stuff !

    Eliza has had a tough childhood, if you can even call it a childhood. Her mother never cared about her, and let her get physically abused, but not in the sexual sense. Eliza isolated herself, not letting anyone in. She wanted normal, and to feel safe. She finally moved in with her homosexual father Ben, who happens to be the manager of FireNine, a rock-band. Ben tries to get her to come out of her shell. He invites her on to go on tour with them before heading to school. She reluctantly agrees, even though she doesn't want to be near Gage. A guy she has had a crush on for the longest time. Now, he seems to be interested in her. She tries not to fall for him. He insists on pursuing her.

    Gage is the lead singer, guitarist and lyric writer from FireNine. He has also had a troubled upbringing, one he tries to hide from everyone. He covers up his pain in music, booze, and women. That is the only thing the numbs he feelings. Then he meets Eliza, his manager's daughter and he instantly wants to know her. She is different from any other girl. She makes him feel again. He relentlessly tries to have her, no matter how many times she pushes him away to just be friends. He knows he isn't good enough for her but the attraction is to strong - he falls in love :)

    Veronica Meunch does an excellent job narrating. She bought this book to life :)

    0 of 0 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
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    (10)
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    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)
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    (35)
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    (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
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    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
    (93)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    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
    (79)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    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
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
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    (27)

    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
    (105)
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    (100)
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    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

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