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  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (273)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Marcheta says: "Liked story, didn't like American reading"
    "Better than I thought it would be"
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    Any additional comments?

    I got this one on sale and I figured it would fair at best (as most of the sale books are). But it was pretty good, especially the ending. Usually everything ends all wrapped up as neat as can be. I like that this seemed more realistic. Very hot sex scenes and the chemistry between the 2 main characters was excellent.
    On the negative side--the narrator was little too sexy, she almost growled every line. I like her voice but she overdid it a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (661)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Nancy says: "GREAT READ!"
    "Really Good!"
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    This book was recommended because I read (and loved) Outlander. It is truly in the same vain...even mentioning Claire, or the white witch as she's known. I'm glad I decided to download it. It was really great--I wish I could figure out how an author can make you care so much about the characters. At times, I wanted to scream at them, or other times I was literally crying. The narrator was great, exactly right. It did get a bit long, I kept thinking, when will they get their happy ending?! If you like historical romance, this is an excellent choice. I haven't read the next in the series yet--I'm going to wait and savor them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One: Selection, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1054)

    The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

    Marmalade says: "Just don't bother"
    "Saddened that young girls are reading this"
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    Would you listen to The One again? Why?

    No, who would?


    Would you recommend The One to your friends? Why or why not?

    No and I've already told my daughter that she doesn't need to read this one.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    Maybe the rebel girl, at least she was actually strong.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes...disgust. I bought the first book and thought it was fun, so I bought the next 2 right away. Half way through the 2nd book, I realized that I'd made a huge mistake. I decided to read the last book just to see if the America or Maxon redeemed themselves....they didn’t. The themes in the book appeared to be Obedience- Submission and Subservience particularly in woman. I kept waiting for America to stand up for herself, to tell Maxon to take a hike especially when he’d speak to her like she was his possession… for the record girls, that is NOT romance that’s what a weak, chauvinistic hypocrite sounds like and if any guy talks to you like that dump him!


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't let your teens read this---it's the bachelor for young girls and the adult version is bad enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1187)
    Story
    (1191)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Starting to crash and burn"
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    What did you love best about The Elite?

    The kernel of the story is what I liked…the idea that this girl from a lower cast could become powerful and that she would change history. I loved the first one, and this one started great. But hell, what happened to America? I keep asking myself why I’m reading a book where the lesson seems to be “Be quite, let men walk all over you, don’t think for yourself….and oh, maybe put out a little too and you’ll get the guy.” How can anyone think Maxon is any kind of hero, he such a misogynistic egomaniac. No one seems to question the fact that it’s okay for him to run around making out (or worse) with anyone he wants, but if any of the girls even considers another she’s whipped (or worse). There is absolutely nothing romantic about the relationship between these two….why would America choose this jerk? I already purchased the 3rd book so I can’t decide if I should go ahead and listen to it and hope and pray that Kiera Cass wouldn’t let this book end with America marrying Maxon. Please….tell me that America goes on to lead the rebels to victory and either she ends up with Aspen or she finds someone in the rebel camp even better. If she does end up with Maxon, I’m really sad that young girls out there are reading this crap and think that it’s okay to let anyone treat you like this.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unwanted Wife: An Unwanted Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (197)

    No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection - until now. Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a surprise!"
    "This guy is a jerk...and hard to like"
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    Any additional comments?

    I realize the guy thought his wife was using him in some way, but still he treated her like crap for so long and in so many horrible ways that I could never forgive him, and I couldn't forgive her for being such a doormat. Do people really carry around resentment like this and never say anything? Seems unrealistic. Nonetheless, even when the husband finds out that his wife married him for the right reasons he is still an ass and his excuses don't make it better. I can't believe people think this is romantic.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Having My Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Theresa Ragan
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (148)

    Growing up, Jill Garrison never daydreamed about having the perfect wedding. Instead, she dreamt about having a baby. Boy or girl, it didn't matter. Unfortunately, her fiancé can't have children. Determined to realize her lifelong dream of having a baby, Jill spends years searching for a company (CryoCorp) that provides high-quality donor sperm. Everything is right in Jill's world until her wedding day, when her fiancé leaves her at the altar to be humiliated before friends and family....

    Yuliya says: "Good book and excellent narator"
    "Doesn't seem like a professional wrote it"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was cute...it just seemed like it was written by an amateur....The dialog was so cheesy and the characters didn't' seem real. I can't put my finger on it but it reminded me a lot of the stories on the fan-fiction sites or on other amateur writing sites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Windfallen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous - except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions. Years later, another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.

    Daryl says: "Moving character drama"
    "Not what I expected from a Jojo Moyes book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no....boring book. Well written, but really I could see everything coming a mile away. The end was very unsatisfying and well, it just didn't seem to be a story worth telling.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read recent Jojo Moyes (You before me-AWESOME! or One Plus One), this is NOT like that. Its very well written, but it just doesn't have the solid storyline the others have.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    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.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Solid love story with a hint of realism"
    "I think I'm going to have to stop reading NOW"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The way Lena gravels! Its embarrassing the woman lets this asshole treat her like a doormat. She really didn't do anything wrong and he acts like she killed his mother! I understand Mason is hurt and all but really can't his sister or friend slap him a few times so he wakes up realizes that he's the one who is a horrible person.
    I can't take it much longer, if this Mason dude doesn't stop acting like an ass I am going to have to stop reading.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 1: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (485)

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Marian says: "Serial series = more expensive audiobook"
    "Jeez! Hottest book I've read in a while"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a good erotica book, this is that. It has a different spin on all of the "billionaire likes S&M and good girl wants to explore" themes out there right now. The setting is unique (Russia) and the back story is believable. My biggest complaint is why are there 3 books...they are so short they could have been 1 book easily! As soon as I finished one I went and bought the next right away...but it seemed ridiculous, each one was only like 3 hours long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raine Falling: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paula Marinaro
    • Narrated By Will Damron, Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money - he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her.…

    Frances says: "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
    "Really good--for some reason"
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    What made the experience of listening to Raine Falling the most enjoyable?

    Good characters...believable and real.


    What other book might you compare Raine Falling to and why?

    Undeniable....but in that book I hated how ridiculous the heroine was...she was a doormat and despite the fact that Raine puts up with more than she should, she's not really a pushover.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Biker book, with realistic characters and a great story line. I keep finding myself thinking about these people and wondering what they're up to. I read/listened to 4 or 5 books a month and I don't often think much about them once I'm done so...that's saying something. I even went to see if there was a book 2 but.....beware book 2 is still being written. I hate that! By the time its out I'll have forgotten a lot of the details.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1336)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Another great book from JoJo Moyes"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great Narrator. Fun, easy to listen to. Jojo is one of my new favorite authors. She has very realistic characters, dealing with very relatable problems. You Before Me is still my favorite, but this is great too. The only minor issue I have with Jojo's books is that its a little too PG. But after this I'll go pick up something from the erotica section and all will be well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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