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tina

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  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1713)
    Performance
    (1584)
    Story
    (1603)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Book of the year"
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    Frost's writing takes you thru intense and such seemingly realistic emotions that all the supernatural stuff is just fun icing and secondary. You'll experience the intense emotional wrench as the Heroine has to make one of the hardest decisions of her life but I so wished I was like her when confronted with a strong man whose emotions were so walled up his pride ran the show.
    Even if you didn't read the first book of this spin off from the Night Huntress series, you will love Leila and get caught up quickly. Vlad? No writer in the history of this genre has made a Vlad so complex, delicious and dangerous.
    Tavia Gilbert works hard to bring the personalities and accents of the narrative to life. And boy does she take you to the heights at pivotal points in the story. It'll bring you to your tip toes.
    Thank you Ms Frost for the perfect sequel and the perfect cliffhanger--that satisfies yet tantalizes!

    Out of 20 or so books this year, this is my vote for best of the year.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Heat

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (203)

    He's a hotshot firefighter addicted to risk. She's the sultry beauty he never saw coming....

    Maya Jackson doesn't sleep with strangers. Until the night grief sent her to the nearest bar and into the arms of the most explosive lover she's ever had. Six months later, the dedicated arson investigator is coming face-to-face with him again. Gorgeous, grinning Logan Cain. Her biggest mistake. Now her number one suspect in a string of deadly wildfires.

    CAROLYN says: "THERE'S SPARKS, FLAMES & A SMOKIN' HOT ROMANCE"
    "Hot steamy story with zinger suspense"
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    I wasn't prepared for the surprise whodunit Bella Andre whipped up this tale. I was thinking it would be another awesome romance and I guess I forgot she's good at weaving a complex mystery-suspense while she's at it. I really didn't see it coming.
    If you are looking for an engrossing read with characters you're really gonna like, this is your book. If you're into firefighter heros, you'll like all the insider info on the hotshots who are like the SEALs of firefighting.
    Mystery and romance done right.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once in a Lifetime

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Annie Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    After a wrenching loss, Ben McDaniel tried to escape his grief by working in dangerous, war-torn places like Africa and the Middle East. Now he's back in his hometown and face-to-face with Aubrey Wellington, the hot-as-hell woman who is trouble with a capital T. Family and friends insist she's not the one to ease his pain, but Aubrey sparks an intense desire that gives Ben hope for the future.

    Cindie says: "BEST OF THE LUCKY HARBOR SERIES SO FAR!"
    "Fun + Thoughtful + Surprising story"
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    How do you manage a story that has to be fun and lighthearted yet thoughtful and poignant? Shalvis does this in this story as a former troublemaker does a surprising tour of forgiveness, prompted by an accidental hide-out in an AA meeting, hiding of course from the male lead in the story.
    One satisfying thing Shalvis does in this series is exercise resolution of difficult childhood relationships (usually with parents) as the leads struggle with current relationship challenges.
    The plot satisfies and the characters (ok, we ALL need a Lucille!) entertain while the leads struggle like we all do to realize the role of past in how we've dealt with people and relationships. Shalvis's talent is the patently original characters that don't follow stereotypes yet are sympathetic and endearing.
    A great investment of a credit. I can't wait to listen again because Annie Greene is perfect!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hillbilly Rockstar: Blacktop Cowboys, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Scarlet Chase
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (59)

    When veiled threats become real, he agrees to hire a discreet security detail. But Devin is shocked to find that the bodyguard is a hard-bodied woman and that he's attracted to the steely-eyed stunner. Former soldier Liberty Masterson's return to civilian life is wrought with challenges until she lands a job with a prestigious security firm. But when she agrees to provide personal protection during a cross-country tour, she doesn't realize she has signed up to masquerade as the playboy star's girlfriend.

    tina says: "Steamy, heartwarming who-dun-it romance"
    "Steamy, heartwarming who-dun-it romance"
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    From the description, I was expecting this to be a cross between Christine Feehan's intense rockstar romance Turbulent Sea and Olivia Cunning's Sinners on Tour sexcapades. Since most of Cunning's sinful sexcapades were too much for me with the acrobatic and gratuitous erotica, I was thrilled that this was more like the sexy intensity in Turbulent Sea.

    But that's where the similarity ends. With a wonderful role reversal, James creates a fascinating character in Liberty, the soldier sister mentioned in Saddled and Spurred, sister to lead Harper Masterson. Liberty is dealing with post war reintegration as a security specialist and now bodyguard, a role usually played in romantic fiction by the male. But Liberty is far from butch. And Devin is far from the stereotypical music star. If you've caught him in previous books in this edgy series, you probably suspected that!

    James does an excellent job of turning these two characters toward one another despite a lot antagonism on both sides and I was thrilled that she avoided some of the usual cliches often seen in romantic suspense. Mostly I was thrilled that she didn't used the tired "misunderstanding" plot device as I was convinced of early on. The who-done-it part was a little too obvious, and I'd down grade a great listen to 4.5 if we could.

    The pacing will keep you engaged in the story, the romance will keep you warm, and the sexy parts will make you burn. James has written the best one of the Blacktop Cowboy series--in character development, plot, and resolution. Altho all the other books in the series earned four stars from me, this one gets a 5.
    Thoroughly enjoyable. I might even give country music a second try!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Skye: Immortals After Dark, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (303)

    As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body - and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

    tina says: "No one does it like Kresley Cole"
    "No one does it like Kresley Cole"
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    Few authors manage to keep a complex storyline fresh through so many books (14) like Kresley Cole. Throughout the series Cole has paired the most unusual but credible characters who are each so different, with different challenges and personalities. But in this installment we finally get an inkling as to the method for the madness in delicious returns of recurring characters like Nix. In this tale we get glimpses into why Nix has been meddlingg since the beginning of the series, and we get further direction into Nix's own story arc.

    What has surprised me so much is how so many books she wrote in the series have a point-in-time intersection in the immortal prison island and then each expand outward in different plots. Many of these such as Declan and Regin, Malkom & Carrow, Uiellum & Chloe and of course the incomparable lunatic Lothaire ( recent books preceding Dark Skye), follow a similar outline of epic obstacles in the fantasy multi-verse, romantically resistant characters, but feature such richly detailed stories they each stand out and alone.

    Cole's uniqueness in this genre is her ability to weave complex but riveting adventurous tales of romantic pursuit, with strong physical desires that become tempered by intense self-sacrificial love. While Cole doesn't hold back describing erotic scenes, one isn't struck by the gratuitous nature of the scenes, but a furthering of the growing bonds between our two heros.

    Of course, the series wouldn't be so wonderful to listen to had anyone but Robert Petkoff been the performer. Petkoff's versatility in voices and accents is astounding. I've listened to around 500 audiobooks in the past few years, and few compare to his flawless and compelling delivery.

    If you are new to Kresley Cole, note that the price of the audiobooks is one of the best buys in romantic fiction. Superb writing, excellent suspense and adventure, crazy poignant love stories and some of the best audio performance out there--the prices of many of the books in this series are well below a credit and making it the best bang for your romance buck.

    Strongly recommend this book for credit or cash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Danger: A Ghost Ops Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Marie Rice
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Only one man and one woman can stop the world from burning in this thrilling final volume in Lisa Marie Rice’s sexy Ghost Ops series, in which an elite super-secret military team must face down doomsday and protect the gifted women they love. Haven, a community of misfits and geniuses, is one of the few safe places remaining in a world on fire.

    tina says: "Completely unexpected & hair-raising turn"
    "Completely unexpected & hair-raising turn"
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    After reading the first two books about these exceptional men and world they created for others like them, I had zero inkling or foreshadowing of the turn this third and final book would take. Nor would I ever have expected the sheer breath-taking opening, the meeting of the two leads, nor the rollercoaster ride to the end.

    I'm not going to give anything away so when you read it you'll be gobsmacked as I was. Its another book from this series that I will not soon forget. I'm a veteran reader in this genre, reading and listening to 400 books a year, so you will appreciate my delight in not anticipating any of the turns Rice took in this book. It saddens and perplexes me that this is billed as the final book of the series since there were so many other stories to be told. But we do get to visit in with the other fledgling couples from the first two books as well as see closure in some of the other characters stories in a most satisfying way.

    One of the cool things about Rice is the good technical research she does compared to other top authors. All three of the female leads in these books are all research scientists and Rice will draw you in to disease etiology, vectors, transmission, and other epidemiological issues in a way that is engrossing but doesn't alienate or bore those of us non-medical types. Our female heros are uber feminine but strong, steadfast with no cracking under pressure, no screaming, swooning or other antics of old-fashioned romance. They are as much the heros as their swoon-worthy alpha dudes.

    How's that for a refreshing change of pace!
    The performance was very good. I really enjoyed Kaleo Griffith in Pamela Clare's I-team series, so it was wonderful to hear his honey-like mellifluous tones in this one. He's gotten much better at his military pronunciations too. Excellent pairing.
    Read the series and definitely this book. Its excellent.
    tina

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extreme Measures

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Naughton
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Being prepared for any scenario is the trademark of any good CIA operative, and Eve Wolfe is one of the best. But when her latest mission literally explodes in her face, she wakes up labeled a traitor and - even more surprising - in the custody of elite Aegis Security operative and ex-lover Zane Archer. Although she still secretly has feelings for Zane, he’s now demanding the one thing that she can’t give him: The truth.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good start to the series :)"
    "Suspenseful thriller and poignant passion!"
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    This new novel by Naughton is gripping, intense, well-written, and passionate spy thriller. Enter the world of career spies, double crosses, terrorism, and two spies that try to find their way back to one another after devastating horrors and intrigue separate them years prior. Naughton does a great job in the pacing and slow unveiling of a realistic terrorism plot and how it affects the lives of so many, in particular the leads. She is setting up what looks like a perfect series.

    The romance is top notch and will stay with you. I can't wait to listen to this again now that I know what happens, so I can better catch the clues. I admit I was off about who-did-it and I do not know why that creates reader delight, but it did!

    We also meet a couple others whose stories will be auto-downloads when released. Hurry, Ms. Naughton.

    This was an excellent audiobook, and Hilary Huber really added to the overall enjoyment with her narration. What makes this a double-whammy? At the bargain price of $7 and change, it is definitely like finding Lindt chocolates in place of your hershey bar.

    Fans of Suzanne Brockman, Lisa Marie Rice and others of this genre will be delighted.
    Get this book and settle in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiance: The Penton Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (70)

    British vampire psychiatrist and former mercenary Cage Reynolds returns to Penton, Alabama, looking for a permanent home. The town has been ravaged by the ongoing vampire war and the shortage of untainted human blood, and now the vampires and humans that make up the Omega Force are trying to rebuild. Cage hopes to help the cause, put down roots in Penton, and resolve his relationship with Melissa Calvert. The last thing he expects is to find himself drawn to Robin Ashton, a trash-talking eagle shape-shifter and new Omega recruit.

    tina says: "Not as good as first few books"
    "Not as good as first few books"
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    I love this author's style and imagination. Loved the series even tho I started with book two and followed with book one, then three.

    That said, this one was a bit of a disappointment. We had much of the same cast, altho there were curiously "convenient" absences by some of the core characters that played nicely in the story arc such as Hannah, the immortal young cherokee psychic. She gets sidelined in a flat way that tells me Ms Sandlin may be growing tired of the series. Some of the muddiness in the romance with various folks vying for the same mates also seemed forced. In fact I was quite bored by the whole thing.

    But most disappointing--the lovely complicated scheming bad guy(s) that were so easy to hate in previous books were, in this book so predictable from very early on (chapter one or two?), that there was no suspense for me throughout the book. It's not a terrible book and if you are a fan of the series, you'll like this latest edition, but its definitely not like the first three in terms of suspense, romantic heat, plot and story arc. You'll like it. You just may not get the same thrill as earlier books.

    There is a set up for Nick's ("Zorba") tale in the next book. I look forward to it.
    Narration was fine and she kept on her toes with the Irish, Scottish, English, and deep south accents. Ms McFadden does a respectable job keeping them straight and moving at a good pace through the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Backup Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    It’s finally time for Dinah Davis to go home. The world-weary correspondent wants to settle down with the sweet guy she left behind in South Carolina’s Low Country. Instead, she’s confronted by his black-sheep brother, and – despite her longing for serenity – sparks fly. How can she possibly trade her perfectly safe backup plan for a risk-taking guy like Cordell Beaufort after all the dangers she’s already faced? But to Dinah’s dismay – backup plan or not – her heart has its own ideas.

    Elizabeth says: "A Romanti Treasure"
    "Warm romantic tale with nontraditional heroine"
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    This was a classic romance starring an nontraditional female lead who is a hard hitting war correspondent who struggles in silence with PTSD. I applaud the author for dealing with this subject in a non-combatant and in not making it too melodramatic, but making it one of the challenges the couple has to deal with.

    There have been a variety of romance books that have featured characters suffering from this who are magically cured thru family "love" and other platitudes that overlook this difficult condition. Woods depiction is realistic as is the resolution.

    This is a wonderful warm listen with a cast of characters you come to know and love not unlike Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, the characters all working on relationships or the lack of thru the book.
    I offer 4 stars because it went on about an hour too long and could have used a little editing toward the end.

    But I recommend this listen for a satisfying love story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Over the Mountain: Grace Valley Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (269)

    Here in this peaceful community, folks look out for one another like family, though sometimes a little too well. In a town like this, it's hard to keep a secret - but Dr. June Hudson has managed to keep one heck of a humdinger…. Though visits from her secret lover, undercover DEA agent Jim Post, are as clandestine as they are passionate, somehow it fits with her demanding schedule as the town's doctor - a calling that requires an innate ability to exist on caffeine, sticky buns and nerves of steel.

    Cyndi says: "Robyn Carr Does It Again!"
    "Not really a romance..."
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    Readers of Virgin Valley series by same author will recognize the style, but not the romance, because it was distant--literally.
    This is more a pastoral description of a country doctor's life, and not so much the medical portion, but the personal side of her life focusing more on the mystery of the bones found in her aunt's backyard. Features the usual eccentric characters and their daily dramas. Periodically we hear from the doctor's distantly stationed boyfriend.
    But my romantic sense felt flat in this book.
    If you haven't read the first book in this series (like me), you will get updated with one-line sentances that apparently featured large in the previous book. But you might feel rushed, as did I.
    While I have given 8 of the Robyn Carr books in the Virgin Valley books solid "4s", this one was disappointing. The characterizations were solid, the large cast of characters and the many small town dramas were interesting. Its not a bad book. Its just not a romance.
    Terese Plummer is reliable as the voice for Robyn Carr.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (788)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (749)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "Strap yourself in for the ride: WooHoo!"
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    Kristin Ashley delivers more non-stop action in one chapter than 3 episodes of the tv series "24". Fresh, fun, her bawdy eccentric cast of characters will make you smile, laugh, and unable to turn the audiobook off.

    Because I really liked her Mystery Man and Wild Man books, I had bought Rock Chick a while back but wasn't really drawn in by the description on the kindle version. It was fun how she threw in the overt references to Rock Chicks and included Lee in those two later books. Trusting Ashley, when it came out on audio, I got it instantly. Good decision. I had bought the next one in the series before the second half of the book even started.

    Prospective reader: if you are having visions that this is going to be set in rock band groupies world, and find that doesn't appeal (it didn't to me, hence my delay to read it), don't worry, its not. Indie just loves loud rock and had a close encounter with joe perry from Aerosmith which is a highlight of her wild child days and is frequently referenced as a comparison point. Since the book is non-stop absurd crazy, she has a lot of comparing to do.

    I love Ashley's "real", conversational delivery, the absurd over the top situations and dialogue and the fact that the characters are not the usual idealistic specimens that populate many writer's minds (and not the real world). Indie collects misfits and they make the scene. Jones does a truly fabulous job getting the intonation, pacing, emotion, and characters right in her delivery. She was the perfect choice of narrator to make this a 5 star-gimme-more book!

    This goes on my top 5 of 44 audiobooks this year. Get it and strap yourself in.

    Oh, and this also warrants a $15 bottle of wine, not the cheap stuff.
    -tina
    (countdown: 38 days till the next one.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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