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Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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  • Lust: The Sins and the Virtues, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    The righteous Fae of the Seelie Court cherish an ancient quarrel with their Dark counterparts: a curse born of anger and deceit. The Unseelie Court will perish unless one of its princes can win a woman's love - honestly, without coercion. And love her wholly in return.

    Kim-Marie says: "So, Miss Lennox, Do You Have Any Other Hobbies?"
    "I'm returning it!"
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    Let me say first, I didn't finish it...so you may want to stop reading now, but I just couldn't! I was 2 hours into it...and realized I knew nothing! I couldn't figure out which person was which sin, and there was a lot of talk about steamy things...and more talk, and MORE talk, and nothing ever happened! The main female role was a twit...oh dear I have never felt this way...oh now I feel this way...it's wrong to feel that way...I have never felt that way...huh? I have never in my life felt like screaming at a narrator to just SHUT UP! I had to end it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fueled: Driven Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By K. Bromberg
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    Colton stole my heart. He wasn't supposed to, and I sure as hell didn't want him to, but he crashed into my life, ignited feelings within me that I thought had died forever, and fueled a passion that I never knew could exist. Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet and into my life. Now I don't think I'll ever be the same. She's seen glimpses of the darkness within me, and yet she's still here. Still fighting for me. She is without a doubt the saint and I am most definitely the sinner.

    K. Ziegler says: "This could have been so much BETTER"
    "Listen if you want to scream at your phone!"
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    I think I will take a break from these two for now. Their story is just too intense. While I felt book 1 could have happened to people I know, I felt book two was too contrived and full of whine. If the author could have cut out about an hour of the drama of misunderstandings it would have been a lot better, but no, it was all in there. The internal dialogue of he's the man I love, and the man I hate, and we are destroying each other and this isn't healthy for either of us....and no he can't explain....no I won't listen....I love him too much to hear his explanations.....HUH! That one confused me enough and had me rolling my eyes to click stop. (you shouldn't role your eyes during your commute!)

    I think I will get back to these two soon, I do want to hear the end of their story, but I have a few other books right now that I think will hold my interest more. I did like the fact that the characters knew they were being idiots....like the part where she said If it walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it's probably a duck!, and he said Riley, just wait, let me explain, and she screams over him...QUACK!!!!!!!!!, and he says oh yeah that was mature! I have to admit, THAT was pretty funny. But there were just too many misunderstandings, and characters not listening and overlooking obvious things, and just overall this book made me want to scream at my phone. Some people think that is a great reaction to a book, me....um...no.

    So, if you like screaming at your phone for main characters to get on the same page then you should adore this book. For me, I'm taking a break.

    The female narrator was good, showed real emotions, not too fond of guys voices, but 'eh, I got over the hot hunky main character sounding like a snarky Thurston Howell the Third. The male narrator, while his hot hunky main character was very much hubba hubba...his female voices were horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Driven: Driven Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By K. Bromberg
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (320)

    In a world full of willing women, I'm a challenge to the roguish and achingly handsome Colton Donavan. A man used to getting exactly what he wants in all aspects of life. He's the reckless bad boy constantly skating that razor-thin edge toward out of control, on and off of the track.

    Jordy says: "A steamy fast-paced whirlwind romance!!"
    "All boxes have been checked!"
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    Strong female lead...check! Devilish bad boy who doesn't think he knows how to love, or be loved...check! Sexual chemistry off the charts.....check! Secondary characters that are so full of life I want this series to continue for years....check...check...check!

    Ah....it's not often I find a book that I can't put down. Typically if there is a bunch of contrived drama I just put the whole book down. I really don't like drama for the sake of a story or to continue a plot, it just aggravates me.

    This book had a lot of drama, but I could see it all happening to someone I know, which makes it real and gets me invested, not made for fiction dribble that makes me want to throw my iphone and scream "GET REAL!"...that's what this book felt like for me, simply put, it felt real.

    Could I see our leading lady Riley having a fairly normal life and one day her world changes and she has lost her fiance, her future, and nearly her life....but she is moving on and trying to live again through helping orphaned kids find homes, a place to be feel safe, so that their lives aren't as empty as hers...yeah, I could see someone wanting to bring people's lives back to them when inside she is emotionally shut down about her own feelings and emotions and not really living.

    Could I see a famous race car driver having less than an ideal childhood so as an adult he doesn't know how to give or accept love, he only knows how to use people and get used by them....yeah....I can see that happening too. There are things we learn as children, or don't learn, that stay with us for life.

    This is book 1 of the series...and yes there is a cliffhanger, but the whole book is just great at the buildup, the sexual tension, the chemistry, the plausibility of it all....whew....I'm sure I'll be writing about book 2 shortly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fixed on You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Laurelin Paige
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (84)

    Stalking and restraining orders are a thing of Alayna Wither's past. With her MBA newly in hand, she has her future figured out - move up at the nightclub she works at and stay away from any guy who might trigger her obsessive love disorder. A perfect plan. But what Alayna didn't figure on is Hudson Pierce, the new owner of the nightclub. He's smart, rich, and gorgeous - the kind of guy Alayna knows to stay away from if she wants to keep her past tendencies in check. Except, Hudson's fixed his sights on her.

    karen says: "What an Exquisite display of male Sex - Drooling !"
    "NOTHING uplifting! Will leave you depressed."
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    I had high hopes for this trilogy, I even waited for all three books to come out before I purchased book one....and the people I follow had such great things to say about this book but for me this book wasn't good. To be clear, I did finish the whole thing, and even downloaded book 2 to see if maybe it got better, it didn't. I'll be returning that one!

    These are two broken people...but not like FSOG or bared to you...the woman has the obsession/compulsion issue of fantasizing relationships that aren't really happening, reading too much into what a guy says and has stalked men in the past resulting in a restraining order...now to the characters credit she got help, but at least 4 hours of this book is her talking to herself saying things like "I will not obsess over him....I will not do negative things....I will not over dramatize this....I will not go down the path of self destruction....I will remain calm and talk this out....I will not over react"...and so on and so on....hours upon hours of this insecure stuff, oh and of course she has these conversations WHILE she is doing the weird psycho stuff! Did he really go on a business trip or is he just avoiding me, oh I'll go ride the elevator every day just to see if he is there. OY! I'm slamming my head on my car dash wanting her to get on with the plot!

    Then we have the man.....he's a billionaire....he's gorgeous....he's well endowed....but he is broken too. At least that is what we are told, but we don't see much of it in this book. But the gist is he is broken because he likes to mess with girls heads, get them to fall for them, and then he leaves....it's a game to him. He also got "help" with this problem.

    Can you see the impeding disaster yet? Yup, contrived drama from her over reaction, contrived drama from everyone not believing he isn't just messing with her head, contrived drama from the billionaire dating the bartender standpoint and of course there is just random contrived drama...ex's, wanna be ex's, his mother is a special special person who has told him his whole life he CAN'T love anyone, he's incapable of it. There was just NOTHING uplifting about this story, nothing that made you want to know these people, and everything saying RUN, just don't read anymore, don't drag yourself down!

    I really wanted to like this story, but I just can't. At least it isn't a cliffhanger book...but book 2 has a contrived drama twist in the first two hours that had me slamming my hand on the stop button....ENOUGH! I-have-had-ENOUGH!

    Oh and the narrator....the male voice has zero sex appeal...not deep or sultry, more like young joke-ster...and the guy is suppose to be a serious business tycoon. Just didn't fit. Her inflections were good, but her male voices not so much.

    So, if you adore contrived drama with twists and turns and gasps of surprise...i.e. random bombs being dropped just to watch people scatter in the story...then go for it, should be a great trilogy for you. For me, I am off to return book 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Carter Reed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tijan
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (167)

    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

    karen says: "Mr ALPHA - Those eyes, all those dark Promises"
    "Whole lot going on, never gets anywhere"
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    This book has like 4 endings, almost like it was a serial novel. If it had ended after 3 hours fine, but it didn't. It went on and on with more drama that never had a point. The hot scenes were almost non existent and it was just plain contrived drama for the sake of a story.

    Narrator was great though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Barbara Elsborg
    • Narrated By Tillie Hooper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Kate Snow's had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman. When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist.

    Jordy says: "Barbara Elsborg takes erotica to another level!"
    "Slow, long, and not hot, but decent"
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    This is one of those books that it's hard to describe. On the one hand it kept me interested all the way until the end, but on the other hand it took a very long time to get there. On the one hand there were very descriptive sex scenes, but on the other hand it still wasn't hot. In the beginning I really liked the heroin, but by the end she was kind of cliché. In the beginning I wondered if the male lead would ever get his act together, but by the end I was thinking how did he get so straight so fast.

    There was contrived drama, but in the life of a multi mega bucks superstar how could there not be when he dates a common person. There was backstabbing, secrets, and a slew of personal problems. So why did I keep listening… Yeah I've been wondering that too all I can say is that over the hours and hours and hours I actually got invested in the characters and wanted to see how it all turned out.

    The narrator for the main characters was pretty good, good inflection, good emotion but her male voices for anybody but the main character was a little bit like nails on a chalkboard.

    I think I got this book for five dollars during a sale in which case I think it was five dollars well spent but I would not spend a credit on this book nor would I buy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Band

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jean Haus
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Being popular in the college music scene doesn’t solve all your problems; at least that’s what the hot musicians of indie band Luminescent Juliet discover. In this compelling novel, trouble begins when 18-year-old Riley, trying to regain her rhythm after throwing away her percussion scholarship to a top school, wins an audition to become the band’s new drummer. This sets her on a collision course with Romeo, the band’s sexy dark-haired guitarist, whose ambitions do not include performing with a girl.

    Boredom says: "Oh Romeo you can be my Romeo anyday"
    "PG-13 college rock band story"
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    This story was cute. However, if you are looking for steam and descriptive details as far as the bedroom goes… You will be left wanting.

    It actually was a pretty good story, not one I have heard before. Our leading lady Riley is 18, but going to be 19 in two months, and she gave up a prestigious percussion scholarship to stay at home because her parents 21 year marriage has ended and she's worried about her mom and 8 year old sister. Playing the drums is all she knows and all she wants to do. So when the opportunity comes up to try out for a local rock band she tries out and of course being good enough to get a prestigious scholarship she gets the gig. Two of the band members hit on her while the one that she's actually become fascinated with treats her like he doesn't want her to be there.

    This story has a lot of up and downs, particularly relating to the mother pretty much falling apart and the 18-year-old daughter having to try to put her back together and be mom sister student drummer and everything else life throws at an 18-year-old. There are a few scenes of sexual tension between the main characters but nothing over PG-13. All in all it was a good story, it kept you wanting to know more and therefor turning the pages. I wouldn't call it light and fluffy, but by the end of the book it's more of a feel-good book then whew, glad they got through that book. If you are looking for something that's not too intense but will actually keep your attention go ahead and get this book but if you're looking for adult characters or adult situations this isn't really the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (254)

    I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

    NEW NAME says: "Whew....that was....WOW!"
    "Whew....that was....WOW!"
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    Rarely am I speechless when giving a review...but there is SOOO much to say and all of it sounds kind of hokey....kind of like when you are enthralled in a soap opera and you try to explain it to a friend and it just comes out sounding so dumb, but in the mean time you are the one running to your DVR after work praying something else got resolved today!

    That sums up Alpha...it wasn't contrived drama...it wasn't over the top ridiculous drama that you could NEVER see happening....it wasn't really an inst-love drama....and it wasn't a virgin meets billionaire love story. What it was was HOT...if there were words larger than capital size I would use them. This story is explicit, sensual, rough, raw, mind blowing and all without being raunchy. I have never listened to this author before but I think all my credits are about to be used!

    Imagine you are a broke 26 year old, you are trying desperately to make ends meet, but they don't. You are working full time, you had to put your mother in a home due to her mental issues, and your little brother is in college and he NEEDS your help...then there are the aging grandparents in Florida barely getting by that you feel compelled to help, and there is you. You don't think about you much in this hell-hole you call life because you have to take care of others. That is the life of our leading lady Kyrie...her whole world changed when at 19 her father was murdered and she went from college sorority chick to sole provider and caregiver of her family. She has made her way through life the best way she can and life has kicked her at every chance. Jobs are scarce, and she just lost hers, but she is tough...she has to be. In one day she lost her job, got an eviction notice, her electricity was shut off and she was hungry....and then a check arrived for 10 thousand dollars. She had no choice but to cash it, and then another one came, and then another...and after 12 months of checks and 12 months of being able to finally make ends meet a large man, hat in hand is sent to "collect her" for his employer....the check writer. See these checks come with a string...a string she was terrified to lead to their source, and their source has a story of his own....see he's been watching Kyrie for years...he is obsessed with her...wants her...and now he owns her and she knows it.

    *shudder* All I can say without giving the rest of it away is dang that was G-O-O-D, and the best part....it was ONE book, not three....not a cliffhanger....we get the end of the story. Now personally I would be okay with a book 2, but as for book 1 it left me panting for more and the need to re-listen right away. The narrator is up there with Jill Redcliff, her telling of the story was full of passion, full of emotion, and her male voice was....*shudder*...oh my! Gideon Cross is still number 1 but the race was close and I will look for books done by both her and this author again. Wow, just wow. Nice find!!!

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Eve of Destruction: Marked, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    Class is in, but Evangeline Hollis is struggling to get through the requisite training to be a full-fledged Mark. When her class goes on a field trip to an abandoned military base, passing the course isn’t just a matter of pride...it’s a matter of life and death. There’s a demon hidden among them, killing off Eve’s classmates one by one. As the body count mounts, a ragtag team of cable TV ghost hunters unwittingly stumbles into the carnage. Now keeping the Mark system secret competes with the need to keep the "paranormal researchers" alive.

    NEW NAME says: "Second book blues..."
    "Second book blues..."
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    The first book enthralled me...I couldn't work or sleep...I was obsessed! The second book, 'eh, it wasn't like that. This book seemed to have a lot more made up drama, confusing names, too many characters and overall it just felt fake. How the first book didn't feel fake with the mythical Cane and Abel fighting over a marked woman I can't say...but it didn't.

    In this book Eve goes to Mark Class where she will learn how to be a proper Mark. The class is being run by Gidarra, an arch angel over Abel, and you expect great things in this book...the clash of titans almost and what you get is one of the main characters goes missing, another one has a personality swap and the third does an about face from their former actions...then you have a bunch of whiny secondary characters that did nothing for me. So, overall it was necessary to read because of book 1, but made me put the breaks on reading book 3 until it's on sale or I'm bored or something.

    Jill Redfield was AWESOME as usual! if she wasn't narrating I might have just given up on the book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eve of Darkness: A Marked Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Years ago, Evangeline Hollis spent a blistering night with a darkly seductive man she can’t forget. But that evening of addictive pleasure has become a disaster of biblical proportions: She’s been branded with the Mark of Cain. Now Eve is thrust into a world where sinners are marked and drafted to kill demons. Her former one-night stand, Cain, is now her mentor - and his equally sexy brother Abel is her new boss.

    CAROLYN says: "WE'RE ON THE EVE OF A GREAT NEW SUSPENSE SERIES"
    "I soooo want to see where this is going"
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    Let me say first that book 2 is downloading as I type.

    This series predates the crossfire series but man oh man does it pack a punch (or seven).

    There is a whole world here that reminds me of the guild hunter series with its complex rules and nuances. I really hope audible gets more of these soon, right now there is just book 2.

    So, what's the book about? Well, there is the biblical Cain and Abel but to be honest I'm not much of a religious person so on the bright side I went into this book without preconceptions! Adam and Eve had Cain and Abel. God punished Cain for killing his brother over a woman and sentenced him to be his executioner, he roams the earth doing Gods bidding....but he isn't particularly happy about it.

    A woman Cain slept with 10 years ago, Evangeline, has been chosen to be a "MARK", this is for all intents and purposes a demon slayer.... But not all demons are bad, you have to be assigned by your handler to a particular demon hunt and until you are trained you are paired with a mentor. Eve's mentor is Cain, who moved heaven an earth to be assigned to her....and her handler is Abel....oh this is going to go well! (NOT)

    The world is complex and cool and it is narrated by the lady who did the crossfire series so we get to hear THE voice if Gideon, oops I mean Cain, oh who are we kidding that is just a smokin' hot voice!!!! And there is enough sexual tension between Cain/Eve/Abel that I'm dying to know where this goes!

    One word of advice, don't listen to the first chapter until after the last chapter.....it won't make sense and you will think the book is rubbish. 95% of the book is a flashback....or you can skip first chapter, listen at the end, and poof the book is magical!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bonds of Trust

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Emily Cauldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (284)

    After ending her passionless marriage, Cali Reynolds is eager to live out her forbidden fantasies. Her first step is attending new members' night at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town. Perhaps here she can find a man who understands her desire to be dominated.... At first, Jake McCallister thinks Cali has come to his club for the wrong reasons. But when he discovers she is seeking fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued - and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.

    Lia says: "Very Sexy Love Story"
    "Bondage fluff"
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    I've had this book more than 8 months and I just wasn't compelled to listen to it... Wish I had trusted my instincts on this one.

    Some people will like this book...it lets you dabble and peek into the BDSM lifestyle without anything being too harsh. Everything is consensual, no one gets pushed to their safe word, nothing but a whole lot of play...but not very interesting play. I like my books steaming and this one was just above room temperature. One would think since it takes place primarily in a club that it would have to be hot, but not really. No toys were used, just your basic spanking and a flogging or two, but nothing like the detailed Sweet Series, or like other sex club books I've read where there was a whole lot of accessories to complete the scene.

    This book focused on Callie, a 44 year old woman who got out of a 22 year marriage because she was unfulfilled in many ways. She finally decides to try what she has been reading about in romance novels, so she joins the Den, an exclusive club....and she finds a Dom. Her age was dealt with well and actually the Callie character was well written, but everyone else had contrived drama, miscommunications, and down right ignoring information that I just heard another character tell them.

    Narrator was okay, her male voices weren't great, but she had emotion in her tone at least.

    Maybe but this book in the $4.95 sale, but don't waste your time if you want suspense, or even a plot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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