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

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  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1014)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "So NOT a follow up for the 50 fan club!"
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    While searching for something to follow 50 shades, but written better, I saw several references to this book and its sequel…so NOT what I thought it would be. I will admit that the story was theoretically sweet, with more mature references to fine art and adult romance, but the story seemed to go on forever, and was totally unbelievable in spots with characters going against their core nature for no specific reason other than it continued the plot. I was looking for the hotness I got in fifty shades, and got hours upon hours of BORING drab. I listened to this book and its sequel, not wanting to be one of those people that rated a book without listening to it fully, and I found both to be VERY lacking. If you want a follow up to 50 try “Bared to You” by Sylvia Day, “Beautiful Disaster” by Jamie McGuire, “Thoughtless” by SC Stephens and Olivia Cunnings “Sinners on Tour”, don’t get these books.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (231)

    Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much.

    L.W. says: "Good Story...."
    "I'm returning it"
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    Yes, I'm returning the book...but I wanted my followers to know that I didn't like this book and when you return a book you can't write a review....so....

    The premise has been done about a million times. Girl in trouble seeks out father's old military team insert army, seals, marines here. Guy doesn't think he deserves girl due to all the "bad" stuff he has either gone through or done. Girl can't get closed mouthed military guy to open up...etc...etc.

    There were a few unique twists, and I will say the hot scenes were done VERY VERY well, but overall the book had me turning it off several times and when you add that to the fact that this isn't a stand alone book, well it kind of irked me. Instead of being a stand alone book about 1 member of the team finding love it has a back story about drugs, money, dirty cops, gang bangers, and a big coverup that doesn't get resolved in this book.

    If you are at all sensitive to police on the take, or military people on the take, or about the idea that a branch of government would abandon soldiers and ruin their lives for the sake of a coverup...yeah don't read this book.

    All in all I'm not intrigued enough to read book 2 in this who-dun-it romance story, and I found the whole premise to be flawed. I have no idea why it has such rave reviews, but it won't be getting one from me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (318)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "And that is how a TRILOGY is writen!"
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    This is book 3 of the All Souls trilogy, and it didn't disappoint. I have been following this trilogy for years, and eagerly awaited the conclusion. If you want a series that you will have to think while listening and not just wait for the cotton candy covered puffs of knowledge to come rolling your way then this is an excellent trilogy for you.

    In a nut shell this series is not for the light and fluffy reader. There is romance but there is also alchemy, historical references, mythology, complex microbiology and all in all it is a cerebral book. Nothing is really laid out for you to coast through, this book engages your brain and your heart.

    This is the story of Diana Bishop, she is the last in a long line of witches, but she has chosen to ignore that aspect of herself, after all she was never really any good at all that spell stuff anyway. While researching historical texts in London she crosses path with a vampire...a 1500 year old vampire who she is drawn to and repelled by, but this is not some YA novel, this is two grown adults trying not to be what they know they have to be.

    It's a beautiful series about love, loss, fighting, family dynamics, and true friendships. I'm happy to have found this series and although I found book 2 to be a bit too historical for my tastes book 3 summed up everything nicely and answered most of my questions. I do hope there is another book about this world, it really is a fascinating one.

    Jennifer Ikeda did a great job narrating as usual!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Unrehearsed: The Love Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Tina Reber
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (391)

    When A-list movie star Ryan Christensen ducked into her pub to escape his screaming fans, never in a million years did Taryn Mitchell think her life was about to change forever. But now, eight months later, after a whirlwind romance, Taryn wakes up in Ryan’s Hollywood hotel room to find a diamond to die for on her left ring finger - and her face splashed across the cover of every gossip magazine. Ryan’s very public proposal is catnip to the tabloids, his management team is worried, and Taryn must figure out how a small town girl like her fits into his glittering world.

    laurie eller says: "loved it better than unscripted..."
    "I'm all warm and fuzzy now!"
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    Sometimes you read a series that just makes you appreciate the world more, this is one of those series. From book one you get to listen to these two people from different worlds fall in love, and in book 2 you get to see their love grow into a real relationship. By the end of book two I was left with a feeling that I overcame all the odds they did to get to my HEA, and I guess that's what a good story is suppose to do for a reader.

    I don't want to give much away, so I will say that this book doesn't drain you...it doesn't pick you up to knock you down, it wasn't implausible or saccharine sweet it was like watching a movie and at the end you just want to take a deep breath, smile, let it out and say...AWWWWWWW! That is how you should feel after reading a romance book! It wasn't hot or steamy but it wasn't devoid of major sexual tension and innuendo, I hate to be all Goldilocks here but it was ...just....right!

    Well done Mrs. Reber, your efforts are appreciated! To my fellow readers, I know they are two long books but I have to say it was worth the ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crashed: Driven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By K. Bromberg
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything. Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she's worth the fight - but how do you fight for someone you know you don't deserve?

    Caren says: "Awesome!"
    "Glad it's over"
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    This is book 3, the final book in the Driven trilogy. I didn't really like these characters by the end of the series. I mean sure there were some redeeming qualities but it all seemed to wrap up too nicely and I felt the book had about 3 different points it could have ended and that was before all the epilogues...and yes there were multiple epilogues.

    If you liked the first two you will want to know what happened with these two characters so you will buy the book like I did, but I can't say I will ever be revisiting them, just too much angst for me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love Unscripted: The Love Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tina Reber
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (552)

    Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans... and finds much more than he expected. Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in

    Candateshia Pafford says: "OMG! So unexpected! So GOOOOOOD!!!!"
    "Not your typical book"
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    There are a few things I want to clarify before beginning my review, since the choice of to be or not to buy usually comes down to these categories for 90% of the population.

    1. This book is 22.5 hours long...so if you aren't into LONG books move on!
    2. The sexual tension and chemistry were there...but if you are looking for an erotic detailed read move on!
    3. It is not a YA book (I was relieved when I finally figured that one out!)
    4. The narrator is very good, even fake yawning a word when the script said to
    5. Even though this was a story about a mega movie star and a simple girl, I have to say the contrived drama was kept fairly minimal.

    Okay, onto the review.

    Small town bar owner Taryn gets the shock of her life one day when she opens up her pub door and sees a slew of girls chasing a guy...she instantly gets him inside and realizes it's Ryan Christianson the mega movie star filming locally. She feels the need to protect him and helps him calm down and so the story of the Taryn Ryan relationship begins.

    Some parts dragged but for the most part I liked the book. I liked that it wasn't insta-love and we are soul mates and poof it's us against the world. This girl had doubts, this boy has issues, they had to work to get together, but no one was abused as a child or was horribly broken or a virgin, thank goodness. I did get a bit bored with how much the girl doubted everything, but new relationships are hard and I imagine dealing with the mega movie star who can get any girl he wants scenario could make one doubt herself.

    There were real life scenarios and nothing too over the top dramatic until the end that is...but you kind of figured something like that was bound to happen. And I am thrilled to report that although this is book 1 of 3 the third book isn't about Taryn and Ryan and book one did not have a cliff hanger ending. I have already downloaded book 2.

    I would say it's well worth the read/listen!

    0 of 0 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
    (238)
    Performance
    (224)
    Story
    (225)

    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.

    kezia says: "Very entertaining"
    "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 2 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
    (368)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (351)

    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.

    1 of 2 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
    (118)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    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.

    Mishawn says: "Great trilogy! A must read for all romantics!"
    "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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Carter Reed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tijan
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (181)

    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
    (124)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    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

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