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

Georgia, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Because You Are Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Beth Kery
    • Narrated By Shirl Rae
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    The moment Francesca and Ian met, the attraction was mutual, an exquisitely physical charge that ignited between them. To Ian, she was the kind of woman he couldn't resist. She was a true innocent. To Francesca, he was the kind of man she feared and desired - dark, extreme, commanding, and forbidden. What happened between them couldn't be ignored - only indulged, evolving into an inescapable bond.

    Lexie says: "What happened to the rest of the story??"
    "This is a series!!!"
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    Had I known this was a series I might have waited, but I wanted others to know. The next book will focus on two other people, one of which was mentioned in this book, so this is a mostly complete story...so that's good at least!

    I have mixed feelings about this book, for about 20% of it I felt ticked at the blatant rip off of 50. I hate it when people say that about a book, oh so and so ripped off this other book, and usually it had a similar tone but not a blatant whole scene rip off. See if these sound familiar to you "he put my coat on and his fingers brushed my shoulders as I felt and electric jolt"...."I already transferred the funds to your account. How do you know my account number?", "I'm not the man for you Anastasia"... Whoops sorry meant "francheska"! That's a totally different name! "I usually require that be shaved but I like yours"....and of course the "your 23 how is this possible, why didn't you tell me?" Hopefully all of that was vague enough to not be considered spoilers, but you get my point.

    For the other 80% it was wonderful! Totally different story line, good characters, no one is truly broken just a bit damaged, which was nice. The hot scenes were amazing and not like 50, they were better in my opinion! New toys, new fun, different attitudes, very nice book....for that 80%. Would have gotten 5 stars if not for that other 20%!

    Narration was okay...Ian's voice was kind of weird but inflections were good and so was the pace. If you can get past the blatant 50 rip off parts it's really good.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally on Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. D. Davis
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (209)

    When Emmy sleeps with Kyle after a night of drinking, she quickly tries to put the mistake behind her. When the duo is snowed in together over a long weekend, Emmy begins to discover there is more to Kyle than his mean-spirited behavior. Unfortunately, Kyle has a steady girlfriend he is unwilling to break up with. Moving on and putting that long weekend behind her, Emmy starts dating attorney Luke Kessler. Luke treats Emmy with kindness, reverence, and loves her unconditionally. He is everything Emmy should ever want in a man - sexy, intelligent, successful, and funny, with strong family bonds.

    Jordy says: "Another Winner for Me!"
    "No redeeming value, AT ALL!"
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    Narrator does 1 good male voice and the rest just sound dopey. And the plot...gesh! Okay, I only got 2 hours into it, I won't lie, but I feel justified.

    The heroine of the story was just plain dumb, I mean truly too stupid to live. She starts an affair with her practically engaged boss, realizes that is NOT a good plan and starts dating someone else. Of course the boss is pissed, the new guy is clueless, and everyone seems to be sleeping with everyone. Lots of cheating, no condoms used, and the word Love is tossed around like the word of the day!

    I finally turned it off when guy#1 was at her house, and 2 minute after he leaves guy#2 knocks on her door....she jokes "What did you do drive around the block until the coast was clear?", he admits he did...then after guy#2 leaves guy#1 calls and she acts like she hasn't seen him in days...um....he was JUST THERE!!!

    Poorly written, poorly executed, not worth the $4.95 I paid for it....and the "steamy" scenes had zero steam! They were written in almost a clinical way, no buildup, no play by play in a sensual way...have I mentioned this book had ZERO redeeming value?

    PASS!!!!!

    Anyway, still going through my library of books I have purchased and never got around to listening to. I'm hoping my next "A" book is better than this drivel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally In Love With...a God?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
    • Narrated By Helen Wick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Emma Keane is your average city girl trying to get a date. There's just one thing holding her back: the disembodied male voice speaking to her through her mind. Sound kind of crazy? Maybe. But crazy turns downright deadly when the voice persuades her to travel to the wilds of the Mayan jungle. There she will free his body - his incredibly hot, muscled, naked body.

    Robbie says: "Tempted...tempted..."
    "Good thing it was only $4.95!"
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    I have to say...it had such promise and then it got detoured, like through a volcano, on the other side of the world, during a time warp...detoured!

    The synopsis has nothing to do with the plot, which in a nut-shell is:
    Emma has heard a voice in her head for as long as she could remember...finally at age 22 the voice agrees that he is doing more harm than good and if she will travel to Mexico she can set his body free and he will get out of her head...so of COURSE she goes off to Mexico. There are chases, sexual tension (hampered by the fact that there is a consequence to touching him..of course there is!), a who can you trust plot...all in all it had really great bones but I guess the editor thought incessant whining and internal dialogue that goes on for HOURS was a good thing? *shrug*

    In order to read this book you have to suspend reality, and I don't just mean like accept the idea that there are God"s", perhaps suspend common sense would be a better way to put it. The whole mess could have been avoided, the big dramatic climaxes were basically fizzled because you just stare at your listening device and say "well THAT was stupid!", as you slowly beat your head against the wall for STILL listening to this drivel!

    WHEW, rant over...I obviously won't be getting another book by this author, but on the bright side narrator was decent! Her Spanish male accent....shiver!!!! *SIGH*

    Okay enough said...off to some other nonsense in my library. I have decided I have too many unread books (curse you $4.95 sales), and so I'm starting at "A" and working through them...enjoy the ride!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8710)
    Performance
    (7563)
    Story
    (7574)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Re-reading....and still loving it."
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    No doubt I have just lost 20 or more of my followers by reviewing this book, BUT, can't help it!

    This trilogy had the misfortune of being too hard for some, too soft for some, but it's real power was to introduce the vanilla crowd to....MORE.

    It is not overly erotic....it is not a short and sweet romance...it's in between and you either LOVE it, or you HATE it....and I personally love it. I have been stuck lately with the same old same old plot of boring and repetitive books that are all the same but with different covers, I just had to pick if I wanted to read about a Navy Seal, a billionaire, cowboy, vampire or a shifter. *yawn*, so I went back to basics.

    I have missed the Christian and Anna stories and am enjoying them again. If you hated them, then ignore this review...if you loved them, go ahead and re-visit, especially if you know more about kink now than you did the first time you read them.

    Still dislike Becca Battoe, but I'm willing to put up with her for these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Oblivion: Maddox Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

    Allison says: "Boring, Cliched, Annoying"
    "Beautiful disapointment!!!"
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    I was SOOO looking forward to this book. I loved Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster (Beautiful Disaster from the males point of view)....but this book was a waste.

    While I loved hearing the humor of Jamie McGuire, and the quick witted characters, the whole plot fell flat. Add that to the fact that this takes place in the same time frame as Beautiful Disaster...with one bit of added information from the Travis/Abby storyline that I REALLY could have done without...and this book was just bad.

    It tainted my memory of one of my most favorite books of all time, and it had contrived drama out the wazzu! There was a big secret eluded to shortly into the story and when the truth came out it was only a 3 second explanation and it was in the last 10 seconds of the book and it REALLY didn't have to be such a big secret. That "secret" caused way too much drama that never had to happen, so while I adore Jamie McGuire's writing style and humor I am not happy to have purchased this book and will likely return it.

    Don't bother with this one...not even on sale!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brie Embraces the Heart of Submission: After Graduation, Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Red Phoenix
    • Narrated By Pippa Jayne
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    The intimate encounters Brie enjoys with her new Master are hot and deliciously challenging. On the flipside, despite her newly acquired skills, she discovers that being a sub also requires maturity, intelligence, and willing sacrifice. Her Master has a tragic past that he has kept hidden. She is unaware that someone is waiting in the wings, plotting to return and rip his world apart.

    Lia says: "This Fantastic Series Continues"
    "I could listen to this world for days!!!!"
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    This didn't exactly have the same feel as book 1 but it summed up the Brie/Sir relationship well. They had ups, they had downs, they had villains, they had hero's....and all along they had a love story.

    It was fascinating to listen to the inner dialogue of a submissive...I don't know how factual it would be, but this book came across as natural and plausible.

    There was room at the end for a slew of follow up books and I hope this author feels compelled to visit these characters again because I would definitely purchase any one of these characters stories...well maybe not Mistress Clark...but come on, she's just a witch!

    If you like kink, or the Dom/sub world give these two books a chance, I for one will for sure be listening again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brie Learns the Art of Submission: Submissive Training Center (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Red Phoenix
    • Narrated By Pippa Jayne
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    Brie's life changes the day Sir comes to her tiny tobacco shop. His invitation to the Submissive Training Center is about to rock this young woman's world. The renowned school is famous for its elite submissive instruction. She has no idea what will be asked of her or the boundaries that will be pushed. One thing is certain: Brie is about to learn more about herself in six weeks than she has over the previous 22 years.

    Amazon Customer says: "my favorite"
    "Could NOT stop listening!!!!"
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    If you are drawn to erotica with a BDSM twist and or the whole Dom sub idea...then automatically get this book, I mean right now! I could NOT stop listening, I mean I listened while I got ready in the morning, on my way into work, while at work....nope that was not me bopping along to music on my headphones that was me not being able to put down this book! I have NEVER read a book even close to this one before....maybe I'm sheltered but WOW, if there are more books like this I hope to find them soon!

    Brianna is a struggling filmographer, she hasn't gotten her big Hollywood break yet so she works in a cigarette store to make ends meet and practices her craft on the weekends. One day a handsome man comes into the shop and she is drawn to him...but she doesn't know why. He leaves her a card with a web address for a school...a school to train submissives. She thinks it's a bunch of bull, but she looks into it...and that is when the fun begins! Through this intensive 6 week course we see Brianna grow into a "proper" sub and just bloom as she discovers who and what she really is. This book details her training which includes multiple partners, both male and female, and multiple BDSM tools are used on her and on others. This book was down right instructional, while it was entertaining.

    There was no one clear love interest for the female lead, and that made it unlike any other book in this genre that I have ever read. Was there instant attraction, yes, but Brianna got to explore every side of her kinky nature with a variety of different type of people, places and things. At the end of the 6 week course she decides to pick a Master...but at the start of graduation even she doesn't know who to pick...there are so many sides to her kink and finding one man to be her everything is not an easy thing.

    I adore, adore, adore this book!!! The narrator was wonderful...the hot scenes had my earphones melting, and listening to this woman grow into a better stronger version of herself was empowering to the reader. I have already downloaded book 2 which is her life after graduation...and no there is not cliffhanger....I just want to see what happens with her and the Dom that she chose.

    I would buy this book at full non-member price if I had to....never have I been so engrossed in a book before. If you are interested in the kink side of life, or just like reading about it, this book could not come more highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Submissive Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Eliza Gayle
    • Narrated By Nina Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    Eager to understand her secret desires, Gabrielle enters "The Sanctuary." Inside she's immediately torn between fear of the unknown and a craving to learn more, until the lights dim. From the first sound of Thomas' calm and controlled voice, she is mesmerized. With an underlying need in her emotional spirit that requires more control, she is easily seduced into a world of dominance and submission.

    Lia says: "Awesome story"
    "I liked it"
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    This is erotica, nothing that is going to win a Pulitzer Prize, as long as you go into it with that expectation I think you will like it.

    This is the story of a woman who knows she wants the submissive life and is trying to get it, then there are two Doms that are willing to train her. So the hot scenes are hot, and the backstory was a bit shaky, but overall it was an enjoyable listen to watch how everyone's path unfolds.

    Narrator doesn't do male voices well but her emotion was good. I got this book on sale and it was totally worth it, if I had paid full price I don't think I would have been happy, but I didn't, so I am :-)

    Put it in your wish list and audible will let you know when it's on sale.

    3 of 3 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
    (274)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (1433)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1357)

    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.

    Spirit Wandering says: "I loved the opening book BUT..."
    "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!

    1 of 4 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
    (429)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (396)

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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