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BamaBell

Carolyn Parker

MONTGOMERY, AL, US | Member Since 2010

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  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (667)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    C. Mendez says: "Stick with it..."
    "Much harder to read than Acheron"
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    Damn this was hard to read, but I couldn't put it down. Acheron has always been my favorite character in the Dark Hunter series and I looked forward to reading a book about his life, but I never thought it would be so heart wrenching, it was so difficult to read. But, at least the second half was positive and fun. I felt his romance with Tory was touching and believable and I was happy for him by the end of the book. But, good grief, I can't say that about poor Styxx. While I was reading Acheron, I though he would have done better without his "loving" sister Rissa. She was an idiot who cause him so much trouble. But I was really take aback by her truly horrendous treatment of Styxx. What a mean spirited harpy.

    Ninety percent of this book was one long gut wrench that never let up. After wading thru hours and hours of his unending pain and suffering, the ending seemed too rushed, too short. Yes, it was interesting, the way everything came together, very clever. But, I needed more redemption and happiness than the bone Ms. Kenyon tossed us at the end. I'm glad I read it, but I won't read it again.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1239)
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    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "Not what I expected, but what a happy surprise!"
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    I've never read any of the "rock star" type romance books before, I'm more of the SyFy, Fantasy genre kind of girl. So, I bought all 3 of the Stage Dive books because they were on sale and listened to them this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed them. I decided give each book 5 stars, not because of the literary content, these books aren't War and Peace, but who cares, I loved each one. I actually stayed up all night long Saturday night listening to Play, I just couldn't turn it off.

    Each book is dedicated to one of the guys in the band Stage Dive. Lick, was about David, the sensitive, sweet, sexy, guitar player, Play, was about Mal, the funny, hyper, laugh out loud, sexy drummer, and Lead was about Jimmy, the damaged, break your 'f-ing heart sexy lead singer. And each is given, the perfect woman to win and the journey for each couple to find there way to each other is so much fun. I did tear up a time or two but spent much more time smiling or just laughing out loud.. I guess Ben will be next. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corset Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (72)
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    (71)
    Story
    (71)

    No woman in her right mind would consent to wearing a corset for a month. Especially a "skinny-challenged" woman like Tessa. But dreams of being debt-free dance in her head at the offer of appearing in a reality TV show. "A Month in the Life of a Victorian Duke" is about real people pretending to live on an English estate, circa 1879. And Tessa's leading man - a real-life duke - is so handsome she can barely breathe, with or without the corset....

    Manon says: "Duchess for a month, Oh my!"
    "Not my cup of tea."
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    This book annoyed me so much, I want my measly $4.95 back. Tessa was a nitwit, Max was a jerk, and the story was non existent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger So Wild: Renegade Angels Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Rachel Vivette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (339)

    Elijah Reynolds is the most dominant of lycans, a rare alpha whose skill on the hunt is surpassed only by his primal sexuality. When the lycans revolt due to the iron fist of angelic rule, he steps into command, becoming both enemy and coveted ally in the conflict between vampires and angels. Vashti is the second most powerful vampire in the world, a lethal beauty who has left a path of devastation in her wake. Tasked with proposing an alliance between vampires and the lycans who killed her mate, Vash approaches Elijah, whose need to avenge a friend demands Vash’s death even as his passion demands her surrender.

    CAROLYN says: "AN ANGELIC GREAT ADDITION FOR P/R FANS"
    "Ignore the dumb covers!"
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    I bought both of the Renegade Angels books because they were on sale. But as occasionally happens I got lucky with a really good story. If you like interesting characters, it's got that, if you like a lot of sex, it's got that, (I actually got kinda tired of it all), if you like good love stories, you got that too, but if you need a real good story that will keep your interest to prop up all that love and sex, well you definately got that also (surprise!). I just wish Ms. Day would hurry up with the final book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1278)
    Performance
    (1207)
    Story
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    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Why can't we give more than 5 stars???"
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    Another perfectly wonderful Charley Davidson book!! Pleeeaze don't make me wait a whole year for the next book!

    Nuff said.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Green Rider

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Britain
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (690)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (619)

    Karigan G’ladheon, running away from school, is traveling through a deep forest when a galloping horse pounds up to her, its rider impaled by two black-shafted arrows. With his dying breath, he tells her he is a Green Rider, one of the magical messengers of the King. Before he dies, he makes Karigan swear to deliver the message he’s carrying, and gives her his green coat, with the symbolic brooch of his office.

    Robert says: "Great Adventure From Begining to End"
    "Exciting adventure story for all ages"
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    This is a fun, well written book for adults and young people. It's not geared to children at all but there is no language to overlook and no sex. Now if that sounds a bit boring, don't let it turn you off, because Kristen Britain is a wonderful story teller and Ellen Archer is a fabulous narrator. She does multiple voices, each very different, well acted. This is a first book that has lots of room to grow in the future. The concept of the Green Riders is new and it mixes women and men together so it can be enjoyed by both. It has lots of intrigue, fast paced adventure, and fantasy. I am so glad there are 4 more books to look forward to!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mane Event: Pride Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston
    • Narrated By Charlotte Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (663)

    Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

    TSTBren says: "Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?"
    "Don't let this first book fool you!"
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    This first book of the series was ok as far as the story goes. I liked the characters, I liked the humor, and the romance. But, it seems like the story was just there to prop up the sex scenes, way too much gratuitous sex, it actually gets boring. There are 4 main characters introduced that you need to know about since they show up in future books. So, if you feel like "Why did I buy the whole series!!!", the books that follow will make up for this first book. Shelly Laurenston proves she can fully develop characters and tell a good story. Plus, they are awfully funny at times. Charlotte does a pretty good job with the narration, especially with the southern accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ill Wind: Weather Warden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (229)

    Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life.... Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast.

    Yuriko says: "Good fun and fast listening"
    "Don't miss this series!!"
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    I recently finished reading all the books for this series for the 2nd time. I decided to review them all together because I think of them as one long book, not to be read out of order. I've never finished a series of books, turned right around and started them over again, but that's how much I loved this story and the characters. I loved Joann and David as a couple, I love their steadfast love story, David is the man most women wished they had. They have a difficult time, go thru a roller coaster from hell, each book cranking up the OMG factor as far as inhumanly possible. But, Rachel Caine out does herself with this complicated story with so many well drawn, fantastic characters and a freaking crazy plot that is totally unique. There is a lot of humor added in to give my heart a rest from time to time, but damn....what a story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Affliction: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (626)

    Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah's estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about "zombie disease". Anita makes her living off of zombies - but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires.

    Ms. Terry Lunney says: "coming out of the whine"
    "Whatever happened to the Anita we all admired?"
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    I remember when this series started, Anita was a bundle of problems, she could have kept a shrink in business for the rest of their life. Her ability to be competent at her necromancy job, and pretty darn good at helping the police with their paranormal murder mysteries, while still hanging on to her integrity, made for interesting books.

    I loved the attraction between Anita and Jean Claude, it was scary and sexy at the same time. I even liked her love for Richard in the beginning, how she didn't want to sleep with him until she was ready, sure of their relationship. Her dilemma sorting out her feelings between the two men was exciting and believable It took 5 books before that issue was resolved. I remember when she and Jean Claude finally had sex, that was such an erotic scene, one of the best I've ever listened to. The way it was written, the music in the background, Kimberly Alexis made it something to remember. Then Micah came along and I thought, we'll, I can see how hard it was for her to resist him, he was something new, her animal to call and their attraction was very sweet. And now Micah is bi-sexual but only with Nathaniel, I guess this is so LKH can have a readily available Ménage à trois when needed. Really??

    I also agree with a previous reviewer, because I have thought it myself, that LKH decided to make Anita like Merry Gentry. But, the premise for MG is that she is a fertility goddess, having sex with lots of guys was always part of the story, it wasn't for Anita, Anita has lost her way, probably about the time she started having sex with Nathaniel, yuck! She was supposed to be someone who offered him help and stability, but not as a sexual partner, he was just too damaged, to young mentally. That relationship has always felt wrong to me. Don't even get me started with the 16 year old she's recently added to her stable (whatever his name is). Double yuck!

    And the arduour.... well, I could have accepted it thru a book or two, as long as it finally resolved itself, but we're still having to put up with this crap. I guess it's so LKH can roll out the screaming orgasm's, the oral sex with limp dicks, and multiple partners that Anita has no emotional commitment to, and neither do the readers.

    Now, auto erotic asphyxiation is introduced as a new way to have sex. Really?? This dangerous practice has been around a while, causing death when men try having orgasms while partially hanging themselves. Showing it as couple sex is even worse, it's sick. This is not something the Anita Blake we used to admire would do, she was a smart girl, had some common sense, even with all her insecurities. I am real disappointed LKH went there. I have actually started skipping over the sex scenes, they aren't sexy anymore, just boring and/or disturbing.

    Now for the positive, I was happy to find that the actual zombie story held my attention. I liked having Edward coming to her aid, his presence always cranks up the crazy fun. Too bad the story only gets a few lines and all that I don't like takes up so much space.

    And finally, QUIT PREACHING to me, i'm an adult and don't need your views stuffed down my throat. If you to want to broaden your readers horizon, make it an interesting concept in the story, try being subtle, we aren't stupid. And find all these guys their own women, let Anita and Jean Claude be the hot couple, give the girl a rest!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter, Maggie Shayne, Susan Krinard
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore, Ashford MacNab, Rachel Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
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    Story
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    From the masters of paranormal romance, three brand-new tales of seduction.... An iron-willed demon assassin, angel Lysander has never known lust - until he meets Bianka. Spawned from the bloodline of Lucifer, the beautiful but deadly Harpy is determined to lead the pure-hearted Lysander into temptation.

    Teresa says: "Angel vs. Harpy = Fun"
    "Stupid, stupid, stupid!"
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    I didn't actually read this book, just the .5 prequel and about 1/3 of the first book. But, when Audible was kind enough to refund the books I had bought in the series, they accidentally left this one in my library. I was glad because that gave me a chance to warn buyers, who love listening to urban fantasy like Kate Daniels, The Weather Warden, Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan, Anita Blake (w/Kimberly Alexis) etc... books that are well written, and excellently narrated, to BEWARE, these books are not of the same caliber.

    After reading the .5 prequel, it was so bad, I just had to log in to Audible to reread the reviews again, to make sure I didn't make a mistake ordering this series. I do a lot of research before buying audio books, because they ain't cheap, especially when you by the whole series, and yes, lots of people said they were great books. So, I thought I would give the first book a chance, try to withhold my judgement. But nope, it sucked just as bad as the prequel. The narration was awful, Max Bellmore has a nice voice, but his narration was boring, boring, boring. All the male characters sounded the same, all the women sounded pathetic, he does not do women voices well at all. The more I read, the more I felt like I was banging my head against the wall. The story was lame and the dialog was pure drivel. If you still want to give these books a try, just buy them one at a time so you don't waste your credits. What would make these books fun is if we could hear Mike and the robots, from Mystery Science Theatre, listening to the books and critiquing them like they did for all those bad B movies from the 50s and 60s. Then the stupid will become funny, because they are just that bad.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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