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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 | Member Since 2009

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  • Getting Rowdy

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (230)
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    Charismatic bar owner Rowdy Yates has his eye on Avery Mullins, the gorgeous waitress he's just hired. When she rebuffs his advances, Rowdy starts to suspect something in Avery's past is making her distant. He's determined to uncover her secret, while she's intent on ignoring her attraction to him. But when her past comes calling, Avery seeks safety in Rowdy's passionate embrace.

    karen says: "Rowdy the Ultimate alpha male !"
    "Rowdy the Ultimate alpha male !"
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    Lori Foster is an expert in drawing you into a story from the very first sentence. Like all of her wonderful books the story centres around a Charming protective and Sexy as Hell Alpha male. Rowdy is the ultimate in male perfection.....

    Avery spends her nights working for tips… and trying to forget the secret Rowdy is determined to unearth. But when history threatens to repeat itself, Avery grows to rely on Rowdy’s protective presence. As the sparks between them ignite, she will be forced to choose between the security she’s finally found… and the passion she’s always wanted.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Aline Hunter
    • Narrated By Julie McKay
    Overall
    (15)
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    (14)
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    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!! :)

    0 of 0 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    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.

    Shirley13 says: "Loved It!"
    "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...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Real

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (612)

    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 0 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
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    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.

    karen says: ""I wanted to live the fairy tale""
    ""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 :)

    2 of 2 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
    (160)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    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.

    karen says: "A Caterpillar turns into a spectacular Butterfly!!"
    "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...

    2 of 3 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
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (160)

    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 2 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
    (159)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    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.

    karen says: "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
    "“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 3 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    Kindlegirl says: "Excellent Narration, Great Series!"
    "A wonderful classic Vamp story with a Sexy Punch"
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    Raphael - a very Sexy Alpha Vampire, is lip-smackingly heart throbing swoon worthy and totally delicious... He’s actually Lord Raphael, one of 8 Vampire Lords that control the USA...

    Cyn, a Private Investigator, is hired to locate Raphael’s kidnapped sister, Alexandra. The only leads they have are two of the (human) guards, and Cyn is invited to interrogate the second – after Raphael has already ‘questioned’ the first... Cyn has worked with bloodsuckers before and has a healthy respect for their strength and power. She has never found one attractive before...

    This is a classic vampire tale, powerful vamp meets cynical woman, he claims her, she falls in love… but DB Reynolds has breathed new life into what could have been a tired genre. Cynthia is refreshing. She is a wisecracking smart-mouth who never knows when to shut up – and makes mistakes. There's great Sexy time pus action and i can't wait for book 2 to be released so i can snap it up!! :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By MJ Fredrick
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    This wasn’t the adventure she’d signed up for…A sexy boss, a rough crossing, and pirates - all Brylie Winston wanted was a job to help her earn money to buy her own restaurant. She hopes to earn it by working as a chef on a cruise to Antarctica. But she’s slept with her boss, which throws her off-balance even more than the rough seas and warnings of pirates in the area. And he’s determined to have a repeat performance.

    Eleanor H T&T says: "Entertaiing, Fast Paced Adventure"
    "Fast paced - Great Action & Sexy times!!"
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    This book was better than i though it was going to be... I love the first scenes especially when Marcus finds out that Brylie is also the Captains daughter... You can see that there is going to be some really great scenes between them, but I’d never of guessed the amount of action that was about to unfold. This is quite a fasted paced story with great action and some sexy steamy scenes. Most enjoyable and well narrated by Erin Mallon...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winters Heat: Titan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Cristin Harber
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (180)

    After putting her life on the line to protect classified intelligence, military psychologist Mia Kensington is on a cross-country road trip from hell with an intrusive save-the-day hero. Uninterested in his white knight act, she'd rather take her chances without the ruggedly handsome, cold-blooded operative who boasts an alpha complex and too many guns. Colby Winters, an elite member of The Titan Group, has a single objective on his black ops mission: recover a document important to national security.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Yummy Hot and Full of Greatness !!"
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    I’m in love with Mia & Colby - 5 stars and I’d rate it higher if I could!
    I listened in a single sitting and couldn't seem to put the book down. I enjoyed the suspense, definite Heat and action, and to be honest, this was a fresh of breathe air. I was in a reading funk until I picked this up an this book bought me straight out of it!!!

    I loved the characters, they had chemistry together, and I found them interesting outside of the main plot. The supporting cast were full of chuckle ready moments, and I loved the snappy and quirky way everyone worked together. It felt right, and if you know how insane military life is and the bonds formed, then you can’t not relate...

    The plot itself was explosive although it built up in the beginning. Just when you think, okay it’s over, something else would happen. I’ve never been kidnapped or had to rescue someone who was kidnapped, but again the story felt right and not overdone, a [erfect mix... I can't wait for book 2... :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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