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

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  • Claim Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (565)

    Damien Stark’s need is palpable - his need for pleasure, his need for control, his need for me. Beautiful and brilliant yet tortured at his core, he is in every way my match. I have agreed to be his alone, and now I want him to be fully mine. I want us to possess each other beyond the sweetest edge of our ecstasy, into the deepest desires of our souls. To let the fire that burns between us consume us both. But there are dark places within Damien that not even our wildest passion can touch. I yearn to know his secrets, yearn for him to surrender to me as I have surrendered to him. But our troubled pasts will either bind us close...or shatter us completely.

    Katheryne says: "50 Shades better than the rest..."
    "It was mostly filler but still hot!"
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    I'm glad I only have to wait until July for the third book! What can I say about this book, it was a bridge between book 1 & 3. We learned more about the male lead, he became more adorable, but the female lead actually became less adorable and more flawed. Flawed is good in these types of books but I prefer to see the flaw improve not get worse, so it kind of left a dullness about it that I'm sure book 3 will cure, but still a bad taste to end on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite: Exquisite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O'Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she's determined that this is what she deserves.... Mason Langley's life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expected to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the doctor.

    CAROLYN says: "A PASSIONATE & EMOTIONAL ROMANTIC TRAGEDY"
    "Not light and fluffy, very life like!"
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    Sometimes you listen to a story and you say....wow, this could really happen, this is one of those stories. No one fell in love in a moment, no one had it easy....if anything these people had to fight the world and each other for this relationship, and isn't that how love actually is?

    Dr. Leena O'Donnel has lived through the death of her sister 9 years ago. The problem is she's not actually living. Sure she gets dressed, goes to work, sort of eats....but really she is just getting through the day so her nightmares can keep her up at night. Don't let people in and they can't leave you is her motto.

    Leena's perfectly mundane world is rocked one day when she receives flowers at work from her parents, they do this often, still trying after 9 years to bring their other daughter some peace. The man delivering the flowers is georgeous...and irritating and pushy and called her a freaking princess for crying out loud, so why can't she stop thinking about his eyes?

    Mason tries to be a good person, sure he has dated a few women but he's never cruel and tries to be a gentlemen to the fairer sex when at all possible....but with Dr. Leena all bets are off! He can't figure out if he wants to slug her or kiss her, gesh the NERVE of that woman! He was doing a favor for his mother by delivering some flowers while on the way to his REAL job, owner and head chef of a trendy Chicago restraunt, when poof crazy lady with attitude comes up to get the flowers. She's psychotic, good thing she's in the hospital already....so why can't he stop thinking about her?!?!?

    This story is full of humor, friendship, love and the bonds that tie us together as human beings. I will be getting book 2 because this writer understands that 30 something's don't act like high schoolers, we may not be bright sometimes with our hearts, but we aren't kids.

    Great narration, good voice switches and emotions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grounded: Up in the Air, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By R. K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    James and Bianca's story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy. After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she's tried her hardest, she can't help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?

    Jen says: "Amazing ending to a wonderful series!"
    "It didn't really get there for me"
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    Darned if you do, darned if you don't....I don't think R.K could have won with me on this one.

    We still had the amazingly graphic steam scenes....and then some more of them...and more of them....*yawn* can we get back to the plot now? Yes, you love him he loves you everyone can't believe how great this is....blah...blah. What we fought to get to in books one and two seems obsurdly easy in book 3, and the freak outs and hold backs of books 1 and 2...yeah they are gone too.

    Bottom line, if you are looking for a third edge of your seat instalment in the up in the air series...well you won't find it because the third book was sickly sweet! If you have followed the series of course you will want to know how it ends...just don't expect the same intensity as books 1 and 2 because EVERYTHING gets resolved, and EVERYONE finally believes in their love and well....even the dramatic parts took about 3 minutes to resolve and half of that drama was contrived, plus you get a prologue for one year later and then 5 years later...yup EVERYTHING gets resolved and tied up, no guessing here.

    Narrator still rocked, very good voices!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1229)
    Performance
    (608)
    Story
    (622)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Cute, adult, funny, but not really hot"
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    This was a very nice story, it didn't have a lot of action, and not much heat, but the characters were funny and there wasn't a lot of contrived drama.

    Calvin Morrisey has a history of loving them and leaving them. He's 35, he never plans on marrying and kids are NOT his thing, but he is a MAN!

    Minerva (Min) Dobbs is a 33 year old actuary, she runs statistics and can tell you that 20 billion hot dogs are consumed by American's every year...but she can't tell you why no man has ever really "done it" for her.

    Meeting at a bar one night started a chain of events that neither Calvin or Min could escape...have you ever tried NOT to run into another person but the universe conspired against you and all you kept doing was running into that ONE person?

    Comedy ensued, listening to them try to stay apart was actually hysterical, and overall it was just a really nice book. I could have done with less harping about carbs and butter from Min's mother, but it was part of who she was....personally I wouldn't speak to my mother anymore if that's all I heard...but it is what it is.

    If you are looking for a steamy romance with graphic nudity then this isn't the book for you, but if you are looking for an adult book, not even close to YA fiction, with REAL adults not twenty somethings pretending to be adults...then I highly recommend this book. It was fun and easy and kept you guessing...and there was even a nice re-cap on the end on how everyone's happily ever after really went.

    Narrator was decent on male and female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (396)
    Story
    (394)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    Erin says: "Excellent as Usual!!"
    "That is how a book should be written!"
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    We continue the story of the residents of Caldwell NY with this latest installment of The Black Dagger Brotherhood series. The beauty of these books is the world that we get to fall into, and dealing with the struggles of life that are familiar to us all. The approval, or lack thereof, of our lifestyles. From whom we choose to marry, or not, to the ramifications of our life choices and how those choices affect others. J.R Ward brings these struggles to the forefront in this epic novel.

    We reconnected with all our favorites from Iam and Tres, to the chosen, the band of bastards, we even got more insight into Asail and Saxton. This story focuses on Beth and Wrath, and his Kingship. There are struggles and triumphs and all done without a nasty cliff hanger.

    Wonderful series, wonderful world, cannot recommend enough! 22 hours of total emmersion into a far away place and an alternate reality. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Desire: Dragonfury Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (328)

    No warrior of the Nightfury pack is more complicated or damaged than Wick. Scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick cannot bear the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets J. J. Solares. When she is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and keep her from harm. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, and venturing into the world to seek justice for J. J. may be more than he can take.

    Robbie says: "Wick the Magic Dragon"
    "Good, keep it going!"
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    If you have been following my reviews you know I have had luke warm feelings about this series. Book one was okay, book 2 not so great, book 3 was awesome, and this being book four is landing in the better than okay but not awesome category.

    This is the story of Wick and JJ. JJ is Tanya's little sister and she has been in jail for 5 years. I think the author could have played with this relationship a bit more, had some more touching scenes rather than hey I know we haven't even kissed yet but since we are energy fused and all let's just jump into bed.

    I like the back story, the world emerging is pretty cool, and I'm interested to see where all this is heading. It's still not Black Dagger Brotherhood worthy, but It's getting up there with Midnight Breed worthy.

    Narrator still needs work..I'm dreading Venom's story because his voice is SOOO immature and teenager like, but Wick's voice was a bit better this go around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Seduction: Dragonfury, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (579)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (537)

    New to the Nightfury pack, dragon-shifter Mac cannot understand the bond between his brothers-in-arms and their human mates - until the moment he spies Tania and the energy bond between them blazes to life. Driven by a primal instinct, Mac will stop at nothing to find Tania, to keep her safe, to possess her. He has no time to waste: Ivar, leader of the rival Razorbacks, hunts her, hungry for a new high-energy pawn with which to destroy the human race. Caught between the warring factions, Tania finds herself immersed in a world she never knew existed - and bound by a love stronger than time.

    Dresden Parsons says: "Female Character TSTL"
    "Glad I didn't give up on this series!"
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    This book was GREAT! Book 1 was good, book 2 had me questioning myself as to why oh why I was still listening to this suspend reality and don't think too much series, but this one hit it out of the park for me...except for the narrator.

    This is the story of Mac...he's 34 and just found out he is a dragonborn...and a rare water dragon at that! He has always loved the water, even was a navy seal, but nothing could have prepared him for 4 grown male dragons appearing at his door when he was so weak he was near collapse. They walked him through his change in book 2, and in book 3 he thrived! He did awesome tricks in the water and all while trying to figure out this mysterious pull he has for Tanya Solaris...whom we met in book 1, best friend of Mist.

    The heat was hot, the action was great, it left me wanting more! I downloaded book 4 during my commute because I needed it RIGHT NOW! Don't get me wrong, I'm still not completely thrilled with the series. A series based on a pack of dragons is very cool...but a series based on a supposedly totally rare thing, a dragon and a woman finding a very rare thing called energy fuse...so rare it has been lost in the dragon kind knowledge.....did I mention rare?...uh huh...then how come 3 dragons have found it in less than 2 months? See, and that still annoys me, don't tell me something is rare and mystical and then give me boat loads of it...kind of ticks me off. So, I have decided to think of this type of union as NOT rare...and just dragons finding their mates.

    Speaking of ticking me off....the voices of the male characters....UGH! The narrator IS a male, why is it so freaking hard to do a male voice that doesn't sound like a scared teenage computer geek? These are DRAGON men...make them sound like it!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Ice: Dragonfury, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (759)
    Performance
    (682)
    Story
    (691)

    Homicide detective Angela Keen thrives on the city’s rough streets. But when she becomes the prize of all prizes in the dragon-shifter world, due to her “high-energy” status, she gets more than she bargained for. Kidnapped by Lothair of the Razorback clan, Angela barely survives captivity before managing to escape. Hurt and alone with nowhere to hide, she faces certain death when Lothair uses the trace energy she leaves in her wake to hunt her down. But before he can reach her, a mystery dragon-shifter intervenes and saves Angela’s life.

    ducksandruns says: "Becoming less 'Ward' and more 'Callahan'..."
    "If you liked the first...you'll like the second"
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    This is the story of Frosty, a.k.a the ice dragon and his "she-cop" Angela. I wanted to listen to this story to see how it would unfold, and it did unfold a bit differently than I thought so that was good. What I didn't like were the inconsistencies and the gaps in story. For example, there is a phone call towards the end of the book and someone is suppose to stay where they are, but when the person shows up they are no longer there....why? Or how Angela was "hurt" but we aren't REALLY sure how she was "hurt"...also not a lot of smexing in this book. Normally I don't mind if an action packed book goes light on the smex...if there is a plot to carry it, this one really didn't.

    I want to hear Mac's story in book 3 but I think I'll give up on this series at that point. They are nice filler books while waiting for the books I REALLY want to listen to, but in my opinion this series is WAY weaker than Black Dagger Brotherhood, and The Midnight Breed Series...kind of on par with the Lords of the Underworld series...cool world, not a total waste of time, but nothing gripping.

    Oh, and the narrator being a MAN I would expect his male voices to be better. His inflection is good, whispers are whispers and he's okay with all that but this big and tough warrior/fighter sounds like he might be 19 and a virgin...not so good for the swoon moments, which may be why I couldn't connect as well as I would have liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Fire: Dragonfury, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1080)
    Performance
    (972)
    Story
    (983)

    A clandestine race of half-dragon, half-humans known as dragon-shifters lives among us. Bastian, leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, is sworn to protect humankind at all costs. For him, honor and duty always come first. When the clan dictates he take a human mate to sire a son, he falters, aware that for a human to birth a dragon-shifter she must die. Myst, the woman given into his care, is the most extraordinary he’s ever met, and though he can’t bear the thought of harming her, he is bound by duty.

    Teresa says: "The good, the bad and the ugly."
    "Not sure if best of both worlds or ripoff?"
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    This book catches a hold of you quick and doesn't let go. Mist Monroe is a house call nurse practitioner who needs to visit an 8 month pregnant woman. When she gets there all heck breaks loose and she is forced to call 9-1-1. Bastion, leader of the night fury dragons knows what the problem is and rushes to get there before the rogue clan of dragons known as the razorbacks gets to these human women. The instant Bastion sees Mist it is game over, he needs her, and she's high energy of course! There is some contrived drama but it wasn't too bad.

    Overall I'd have to say this book was good, solid 4 star good, but not great. Is it a shifter book....yes and no. They are dragons....who shift to appear human. Is it a vampire book....yes and no. There is no blood sucking, but they do suck energy from females, and there are high energy to low energy females out there. They call it being hungry when they need energy, oh and generally it's taken by sucking on the neck....but they don't call it being a vampire, oh and they cant go out in daylight...but still not a vampire.

    The book had an interesting world, albeit the world doesn't make sense sometimes. For example....if they can see the energy of women why not sit at the mall or a train station and wait for one to walk by? There are a few of those suspend reality moments. But overall I liked the world and am continuing onto book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduce: Surrender Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Lilly Swan
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    At the end of Submit, Arianna Harlow had enough pride in herself to walk away from Rafe Palazzo, who had started their relationship using blackmail. Though she'd fallen in love with him, she was strong enough to say goodbye. We saw the softer side of Rafe, especially toward the end, but it was too late…Or was it? Seduced begins almost two years after Ari starts her new life. She is teaching at a community college, and when she asks the class whether they have any questions for her, Rafe is there and has only one: Will you go on a date with me?

    NEW NAME says: "Nope, I'm done, even though they aren't"
    "Nope, I'm done, even though they aren't"
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    Ugh! Waste of time! Book one was beyond frustrating I loved and hated it. Book 2 I was on the fence, things were getting weird, but I still felt compelled to get book 3, and now I have and I can say I'm done, even if they are not. The whole plot has shifted from a billionaire not being able to have the girl to every billionaire has a girl but no one talks to their girl and contrived drama ensues! I read the reviews on amazon for book 4 and needless to say the words predictable drama and far fetched were used often, nope I'm putting this series down, never to be listened to again.

    This story takes place 2 years after book 2...but everyone is pretty much doing the same thing. Ari has her masters and is teaching and Rafe wants her back. That part was cute, then we have Shane and Leaha's story, and we have the return of prince Adrian in Rachaels bed.

    Some parts were good, some parts were too horrible to describe and one part about an hour from the end I skipped all together because I was certain if I listened to what I knew was coming I would just shut the book off.

    Overall skip this series, the frustration and downward spiral from decent plot and characters to pathetic contrived drama just isn't worth the money.

    I was happy that they finally got the narrator and editor correct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Submit: Surrender Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Lilly Swan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    In Submit, Ari faces an impossible ultimatum. She needs to decide whether to accept Raffaelo Palazzo's indecent proposal and stay at his side as his bought mistress, under his complete control in his world and in his bedroom. Rafe holds the keys to her mother's happiness, and Ari must choose love for her mother or respect for herself and for the morals her mother instilled in her. You'll find out that decision in this book and discover the unexpected repercussions of what Ari does choose.

    NEW NAME says: "Grr...I just don't know"
    "Grr...I just don't know"
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    In my heart of hearts I want to say I threw this book down in disgust that the leading man Rafe would treat Ari like that...but it was like watching a train wreck, I couldn't look away.

    This book has flaws...people seem to do things out of character to continue the plot (which I truly dislike!), people are upset when I can't understand why, and fine when I am screaming at my iphone that I can't believe that just happened! Time lines are messed up, one minute they are taking a vacation after 1 month...then she gets home from a 4 day trip and her 3 months are up...I was confused. I did like the secondary action of the side characters coming into their own stories. All I can say is YAY Ari for the end of the book....and boo rafe! But then I had to get book 3 to see where the heck all this was going!

    Overall I just don't know about this book...I think the third will make or break my love of the series. The narrator changed....but I can't say it's for the better! The guys no longer sound like trolls...they now all sound the same and all sound like the girls, barely any distinction. Follow that up with the worst editing hack job of an audiobook I have EVER heard and you have a miserable listen. The chick was speed reading and if you tried to slow it down it echoed...and I'm originally from NJ fast talking doesn't bother me, but fast talking a love scene was just creepy! Then there seemed to be no breaks between paragraphs, or sentences and the whole timing was just so incredibly off. I will have to say though I already started book 3 and I am happy to report that they FINALLY got the narration and editing correct.

    I'll keep you posted!

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