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Bella

Bella

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  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (464)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "LOVED this book"
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    Would you listen to On the Island again? Why?

    no but I would read it again, great story!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I fell in love with this story when I read it, so much so that I decided to listen to it when an audio book became available. There is something about having a story read to you that can make the it become more alive. I must say that I enjoyed reading it better than listening to it because of the narration. This is an awesome book but the narration needed work...


    What didn’t you like about Heidi Baker’s performance?

    My biggest complaint is the narrator spoke TOOO FAST!!!!!!! I tried to slow it down, but the 0.5 speed made it too slow. She had a pleasant voice, but I enjoyed reading this book much better than I enjoyed listening to it.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Thrive: Addicted, Book 2.5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
    • Narrated By Charles Carr, Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Two years will change them forever. When rumors spread like wildfire - like having three-ways with her boyfriend's rock climbing brother - Lily Calloway spirals into a dark place. Her bedroom. Loren Hale is more confident and determined to keep their sex life private, even from their friends, and he helps Lily in the only way he knows how. But how much love is too much?

    J Stewart says: "Addicted to the Addicted Series"
    "5 Addicted Stars!!!"
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    This is hands down my favorite series. I am so deeply connected and attached to these characters!!!!!

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect from this book. I knew Thrive would cover the material from Kiss the Sky and Hothouse Flower, but from Lily and Lo's point of view. Is this going to be repetitive? Is this going to be boring? I was very excited to read it (because I just can't get enough of the characters and I miss them) but I was afraid it would not be quite as exciting as the next installment of brand new material.

    But I was wrong.

    This book had TONS of new material in it. There were a few scenes that I remember from the other perspectives given in KTS and HHF, but the majority of this book was brand new. Krista and Becca Ritchie are so talented. I love their writing and I love how they put a different spin on things we have already read about. Props, ladies!!!

    Let me just say that Lily cracks me UP!!!

    ""What do you want for your birthday?" C0ck." ***choke, splutter, laugh!**

    "Shut up vagina." LMAO.

    Lily is funny, she is sweet, she is painfully shy and she is ashamed of her addiction. And I love every bit of her.

    But most of all, I love Lily and Lo together.

    "He hugs me close. There is nowhere safer than in Loren Hale's arms."

    Loren's POV really, really pulled on my heartstrings. He is an unapologetic @sshole, but he does care what everyone else thinks. He wants approval from Lily, from Ryke, from his father. He wants to make Lily happy. He wants to be worthy of her.

    "I'm going to love Lily how I want to love her. Overwhelmingly, umcompromisingly."

    "Our love is rare. It's one I can't abandon, even if I tried. .... When she loves, I truly, truly fly."

    Lo loves Lily so completely. He makes me melt. But reading about his rough patch was so hard for me. Even though I already knew from HHF that he was going to struggle with his addiction, reading about it from his perspective was so emotional.

    My favorite part is seeing how Lily, Lo, Rose, Connor, Daisy and Ryke all interact with each other. These 6 characters have such a bond. They stick together through good times and bad times. They fight, they bicker, they love, they support, they are family. They are flawed and real and I love them all the more for it.

    I wish I could jump into the book and become a part of their family.

    I know I'm not doing this story justice with my review.

    Suffice it to say that I HIGHLY recommend this series. And this book. Even if you have read KTS and HHF you need to read this book. I don't want to miss one moment of the series.

    Thank you so much, Krista and Becca for such a wonderful series!!!

    I love the narrators for Lily & Lo - they are PERFECT!!! Highly recommend the audiobook!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hothouse Flower: Calloway Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
    • Narrated By Stephen Dexter, Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Ryke Meadows, meet Daisy Calloway... she's all grown up. Twenty-five-year-old Ryke Meadows knows he's hard to love. With a billion-dollar inheritance, a track-star resume, and an alpha-male personality - he redefines the term likable asshole. But he's not living to make friends. Or enemies. He just wants to free climb three of the toughest mountains in Yosemite without drama or interruption.

    Amazon Customer says: "Astonishing!"
    "5 Raisy Stars!!!"
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    5 F@cking STARS!!!!!!!

    I love this series. Beyond words. I've become so attached to these characters and all they've been through. It's finally Daisy and Ryke's turn. Hells yea. This book couldn't come out fast enough!!!!

    Krista & Becca give us alternating POV - this is my favorite style to read. I love being in both of their heads.

    Ryke starts off with a warning:

    "If you're easily offended by crude language and inappropriate talks, you've taken a wrong fucking turn somewhere......
    I'm raw.
    I'm hard.
    I'm the thing you shy away from.
    So I'm warning you now. Back away.
    Because once you enter my life, I won't ever let you leave. "

    Ok, Ryke, how do I sign up for more????? I love this character. He comes across as an arrogant asshole. And he is. But he's so much more. He's hot. He's athletic. He speaks at least 2 foreign languages fluently. But he's also caring, protective and so effing sexy! And he cares a lot about Daisy.

    Daisy has a wild, carefree spirit. But she, too, is more than meets the eye. She's beautiful and she models. But she is scared and tormented. And no one knows this side of her...except for Ryke. He's been there for her when she needed someone. He makes her feel...safe.

    "What are you doing?" he asks roughly. His hands return to my head, making me realize that I'm smaller tan him. It's hard finding guys taller than me, which is why I've gravitated towards models in the past.

    "Sleeping," I say with a smile.

    "When did I become your f@cking pillow?" he asks lightly.

    "Shhh," I whisper, "it's safe here."

    And Ryke is drawn to Daisy. He's drawn to her light.

    Despite them being drawn to each other, and pretty much a perfect match in every way, everyone has a problem with them being together. They face so many obstacles: age, family, media attention. But seriously, I wanted to reach into the book and smack them and say, "come on, D@MMIT!!! You guys belong together!!!" Gaaahhhh! So frustrating.

    When Daisy needs him the most, Ryke is there for her. And pretty soon, they just can't fight it any more.

    Suffice it to say, I LOVE Ryke and Daisy as a couple. But, I ALSO love catching up with all the other characters. The guys' banter is hilarous.

    "F@ck you," I tell him easiy.

    He grins. "You love me."

    "You say that to everyone," I tell him. "And I highly f@cking doubt the entire world loves you, Cobalt."

    "The entire world doesn't have to love me," he says, picking up his water again. "Only the ones that matter."

    "That's cute. Did you write that in your diary this morning?"

    "No, I read it from yours," he banters.

    The other thing about Daisy that needed to be resolved is her lack of being able to .....find an O. I knew that Ryke was going to rectify this situation. Their chemistry is off the hooks. Add that to the fact that they've wanted each other for years but they haven't been able to do anything just makes it all the more explosive.

    "I don't understand how I can go from never having an orgasm to that," I whisper. He must be a god. A sex god. And he's been sent to me from the heavens.

    Ooooohhh yes. Ryke finds Daisy's O. Many, many times. And I almost found mine just reading about it - hot, hot, HOT!!!!!

    I love Ryke's use of the word F@CK. Every time I hear that word, I think of him.

    There are so many twists and turns in this book. And I was completely sucked in from the start. I remain addicted to this series and can't say enough good things about it.

    You have to READ THIS BOOK!!!!! It's a stand alone, but you're doing yourself a disservice if you start here. You have to start at the beginning.

    The narration is AWESOME - they really bring the characters to life!! Highly recommend all of the audiobooks in this series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss the Sky: Calloway Sisters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett, Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Rose Calloway thought she had everything under control. At 23, she's a Princeton graduate, an Academic Bowl champion, a fashion designer, and the daughter of a Fortune 500 mogul. But with a sex addict as a sister and roommate, nothing comes easy. After accepting help from a producer, Rose agrees to have her life filmed for a reality television show.

    Tracy says: "Heartstoppingly PERFECT!"
    "5 Addicted Stars!!!"
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    This story is AMAZING!!!!! You think you know Connor & Rose from the Addicted series with Lily & Lo.

    But, in Kiss the Sky, you get to know Connor and Rose sooooo much better.

    One thing I love the best about this series is the character development - the authors did an amazing job defining the characters. Lily, Lo, Ryke, Connor, Rose & Daisy - this group of 6 becomes a tight knit group in KTS. And I love every single one of them.

    Connor Cobalt, though, I am in serious love with him. I never thought he would be so darn SEXY in the bedroom!!!!! Yowza.

    The narrators did a superfantastic job capturing the characters - Connor whispering in French to Rose - SWOON.

    Bottom line: the book is a 5 star read for me. The audiobook is EVEN better!!!

    Highly recommend. But start at the beginning with Addicted to You - you will appreciate Connor & Rose if you start at the beginning!

    Can't wait to listen to the rest on audio.

    My favorite series ever!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ricochet: Addicted, Book 1.5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    As a sex addict, Lily Calloway must do the impossible. Stay celibate for 90 days. Cravings and fantasies become her new routine, but while Loren Hale recovers from his alcohol addiction, Lily wonders if he'll realize what a monster she really is. After all, her sexual compulsions begin to rule her life the longer she stays faithful to him. Progress. That's what Lily's striving for. But by trying to become closer to her family - people who aren't aware of her addiction - she creates larger obstacles.

    Lili says: "A crucial book in the series!"
    "Don't skip this one!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    When I was reading the series, I remember there being comments on how you could skip this 1.5 novella.
    I disagree!!! This part of the series is such a turning point for so many reasons. Do not skip! I repeat, do NOT skip!

    I love Ricochet. I love this narrator. I love Ryke. I love Lo.

    Highly recommend this series and this audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted to You: Addicted, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (112)

    She's addicted to sex. He's addicted to booze... the only way out is rock bottom. No one would suspect shy Lily Calloway's biggest secret. While everyone is dancing at college bars, Lily stays in the bathroom. To get laid. Her compulsion leads her to one-night stands, steamy hookups, and events she shamefully regrets. The only person who knows her secret happens to have one of his own. Loren Hale's best friend is his bottle of bourbon. Lily comes at a close second.

    Lili says: "Epic series!"
    "Addicted to this series"
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    What about Erin Mallon’s performance did you like?

    The narrator did a great job capturing Lily's character!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I am in love with this series in print. Listening to it on audio made it really come to life for me. The narrator is great!!

    Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted for Now: Addicted, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Krista Ritchie, Becca Ritchie
    • Narrated By Charles Carr, Erin Mallon
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    He's addicted to booze. She's addicted to sex... staying sober is only half the battle. No. More. Sex. Those are the three words Lily Calloway fears the most. But Loren Hale is determined to be with Lily without enabling her dangerous compulsions. With their new living situation - sleeping in the same bed, for real, together - Lily has new battles. Like not jumping Lo's bones every night. Not being consumed by sex and his body. Loren plans to stay sober, to right all of his wrongs.

    Foxy Blogs says: "LOVED IT!! LiLo forever"
    "Loved it!"
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    This was a 5 star read for me.
    Listening to it on audio was amazing! loved the narrators!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tragic: Rook and Ronin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J. A. Huss
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh, Anna Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Rook Walsh is tragic. Because life so far - just sucks. Some girls get parents. Rook got the foster care system. Some girls get Prince Charming. Rook got an abusive frog. Some girls get lucky…. Rook got a second chance. And she took it. Because when fate throws you a bone - you grab it with both hands and run. Antoine Chaput knows the minute he spies Rook in his photography studio that she's got "The Look." The dark and desperate look he must have to land the exclusive Tragic Media contract. Rook is paired up with top model, Ronin, and he's everything her abusive ex-boyfriend wasn't.

    Jordy says: "A mix of romance & erotic art= intriguing story!"
    "awesome narration"
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    Any additional comments?

    Awesome story. Loved it that there were 2 narrators to match the dual POV in the story. Especially Ronin's narrator - loved him!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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